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I took some time out to find the most helpful information I could about depression. You are not alone suffering from these suicidal feelings!!

The first thing that is listed is some things I found that describes what depression is and where it comes from. It is all easy to read, all you have to do is try.

First of all, neurotransmitters are the tiny chemicals in your brain. When someone is talking about depression being a chemical imbalance in the brain, they are talking about specific types of neurotransmitters.

Of the 30 or so neurotransmitters that have been identified, researchers have discovered associations between clinical depression and the function of three primary ones: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These three neurotransmitters function within structures of the brain that regulate emotions, reactions to stress, and the physical drives of sleep, appetite, and sexuality.
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The three neurotransmitters most closely linked to mood and depression are dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. When the binding successfully occurs, emotions are regulated properly. When the binding doesn't work correctly, mood disorders can result.
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Imbalances in neurotransmitter levels are thought to play a role in depression. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that enable nerve cells (neurons) to communicate. They're released into the gaps (synapses) between nerve cells to help nerve messages flow from one cell to another. If neurons don't produce enough of these chemicals, nerve messages aren't communicated and areas of your brain may not receive stimulation. Alterations in neurotransmission in areas of the brain that control mood and emotion may result in depression.
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For many victims of depression, these mental and physical feelings [listed in the article] seem to follow them night and day, appear to have no end, and are not alleviated by happy events or good news. Some people are so disabled by feelings of despair that they cannot even build up the energy to call a doctor. If someone else calls for them, they may refuse to go because they are so hopeless that they think there's no point to it.
This whole article is VERY helpful. It is easy to read and understand and it is interesting.
It includes statistics; “Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in America; it is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24. Every day 15 people aged 15 to 24 kill themselves.” and “One in four women and one in 10 men can expect to develop it during their lifetime” and “Eighty to 90 percent of those who suffer from depression can be effectively treated, and nearly all people who receive treatment derive some benefit.”
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The 4 most popular types of antidepressants are:
1.- Tricyclic (TCA’s) such as Tofranil, Elavil, Asendin, Norpramin, and Ludiomil.
2. - Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) such as Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil.
3. - Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) such as Marplan, Nardil and Parnate.
4. - Atypical antidepressants such as Effexor, Remeron, Wellbutrin and Desyrel
***This is especially true for me!! This passage was found in the website linked directly above. It is about the antidepressant Effexor, which I am on right now. I am a student nurse, btw: “The feeling of clarity was especially important to Tricia [a nurse from Boston], who was terrified that the muted experience of her depression would lead her to make mistakes at work. "I was constantly afraid I would kill someone," she recalls. As a result, she became hypervigilant at work, putting so much energy into her job that at the end of the day she was totally exhausted.” I think this is why my doctor put me on this medication.

I hope this helps someone. There is more to come if I get a positive response. If there are questions you are welcome to PM me.:smile:
Thank you for the good information and the links to follow it up. I think many will find it helpful to help them understand better. :hug:


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No offence but I like to think i'm more than a sack full of chemicals. Some pains have to be more complicated than that.
But thanks for the information all the same there is some good stuff about the illness in here and it was very thoughful of you.
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dips - to be honest, i'm not sure. somewhere in the articles it says something about the loss of a loved one bringing on depression for some people, and they recommend seeing a doctor and getting on medication if the depression lasts for more than 6 months. I lost someone i loved in august but my depression started years ago. The pain of the loss still hasn't left me but of course time is helping. i know it doesn't help everyone though.

h2o - from what I am being taught in nursing, that pretty much is what a person is made up of. nerves, neurons, neurotransmitters and cells. it is hard for some to wrap their head around. personally, i believe in doctors and scientists and this is what they say.


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If all we are is nerves bone and blood then what happens when we rot away?
I trust scientists and doctors as well but there is more to energy than what we have proven. Can awareness be classed as neurotransmitters and if energy can never be destroyed, where does that awareness go when we die?


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scientifically, all energy contained within one self is used up in decomposition of the matter.
what happens when the fruit gets rotten for example?
human body is million time more complex. thats about it to it.
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