The Biology Of Depression

The following is a lecture on depression by Professor Robert Sapolsky from Stanford University. It is well worth watching to the very end.

He talks about the biology of depression and then ties in the psychology of it. He offers an understanding that is missing in our society regarding this debilitating disease. This is an invaluable lecture to understand depression in ourselves and in others.

There is probably no other disease that is as misunderstood as depression to the point where we, as a society, tend to hurt those who are already hurting rather than help them. Often not because we don’t care, but because we don’t understand the biology of depression.

He helps those of us who suffer from depression to gain a better understanding of what is happening inside of our bodies, why it needs to be treated (just like a diabetic needs insulin), and why many of us had no chance to escape its grip.

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