Quite an interesting article on stress and depression. Or more to the point, stress and anti-depressants.
The experiment was performed on mice, so may or may not translate to humans. The summary is this:
– Stress can cause some symptoms of depression, but not all
– Some anti-depressants, when applied to stressed mice, helped reduce the symptoms
– When the suspect genes that allowed this pathway were removed from mice, the anti-depressant didn’t work.
Thoughts I have: Stress seems to prompt neurogenesis (the making of new brain cells and pathways), as do antidepressants. The two together make lots of neurogenesis.
So perhaps depression is a side effect of coping with change? Chronic depression may be the condition of being stuck in a “shut down” cycle as you adjust to change?