How Depression Affects the Body

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4 Ways Depression Affects the Body

Though the term “depressed” is often used to express feelings of general sadness or gloominess, more than 15 million Americans actually struggle with this multifaceted disease on a daily basis. From forms like major depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), to conditions like dysthymia and bipolar disorder, this mental illness is increasingly affecting more and more people throughout the world. The chemical imbalance that happens in the brain as a result of depression can have a variety of different side effects on the body.

Central Nervous System Symptoms

Some of depression’s most notable symptoms occur in the central nervous system where they can often be difficult to identify. Because it often presents with symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, depression can typically have anxiety-related effects on the body’s nervous system. When coping with depression, your immune system is working in overdrive to identify and eliminate negative reactions due to stress and anxiety. As an innate reaction to these emotions, the body’s central nervous system triggers a physical response mechanism for survival. This reaction is commonly referred to as the “fight or flight” response that helped our ancestors survive.

Today, however, these feelings of stress and anxiety can cause severe damage to physical health. The sympathetic nervous system is primarily responsible for initiating that “fight or flight” response to stress, while the parasympathetic nervous system initiates feelings of relaxation after the stress, anxiety, or threat has been removed. Unfortunately, though, if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety levels tend to remain high and put great strain on the nervous system. After being subjected to these triggered and failed responses, the body becomes increasingly vulnerable to serious physical complications like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, and much more.

Neuro-Negative Changes

There are millions of chemical reactions occurring in the brain every second. A number of these chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are responsible for helping the brain communicate with other parts of the brain, body, and nervous system. Generally speaking, a synapse, or the junction between two nerve cells, helps to send a neurotransmitter from one neuron to the next. When a neurotransmitter finds a receptor molecule that fits its unique shape, the receptor becomes activated, open, and functioning, effectively sending the message. If this smoothe chemical process is impaired in any way, the brain and nervous system can both be negatively affected. Depression, for example, can directly affect and imbalance critical neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.

Because depression affects the production of these important neurotransmitters, the brain is left with a notable amount of unmatched receptors and, without having a neurotransmitter to connect with, these receptors maintain a closed, idle state. As such, the body becomes subject to severe physiological side effects including issues like:

- Social, physical, cognitive, emotional isolation
- Lack of appetite
- Decreased sexual behavior
- Overwhelming, constant fatigue
- Changes in normal sleeping patterns
- Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
- Diminished concentration
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities

Impaired Cardiovascular System

Though doctors, scientists, and researchers continue to make discoveries and advances in the depression field, they know for certain that depression can play a serious role in cardiovascular health. In fact, studies have shown that nearly 20% of patients who deal with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) also present with symptoms of major depressive disorder. Similarly, almost two in every five patients who have acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are also diagnosed with clinically significant depression. There are several psychological effects of a heart attack that often go hand-in-hand with depression like:

- Changed attitude and mood
- Diminished sense of security, especially in regards to the future
- Lowered self-confidence about one’s abilities to fulfill their standard roles in life
- Increased feelings of guilt regarding habits that lead to high heart attack risks
- Anger, embarrassment, and self-doubt related to diminished physical capabilities

Similarly, because many people try to self-medicate or treat depression without consulting a doctor, unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and irregular sleep patterns ultimately increase the risk of developing cardiovascular complications or triggering heart attacks.

How The Emotion Code Can Help Treat Depression

Those who struggle with depression are constantly subjected to the vibrational energy that comes from feelings of anger, fear, sadness, stress, and anxiety, especially if the depression goes untreated. These energies, called Trapped Emotions, occur during moments of emotional stress and imbalance the body, causing physical pain and ultimately hindering the body’s ability to function in a proper, healthy manner.

The Emotion Code is a healing energy technique that’s designed to help you learn how to identify these Trapped Emotions. Through simple and non-invasive practices like muscle testing, Emotion Code readers can release the lodged energy or energies that are causing pain and suffering so that they can feel physical and emotional relief. The Emotion Code helps you to understand how and why these trapped energies can occur which, in turn, enables you to achieve a higher level of comprehension when it comes to identifying the root cause of these issues.

Learn more about how The Emotion Code can benefit your life, today.

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