WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a medical illness caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. In the brain, neurons send messages from one nerve ending to another across synapses. Neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, are chemicals that help transfer information. In depression, these neurons do not function normally, which leads to changes in a person’s thoughts, feelings and behavior. Antidepressant medications can work to restore the right chemical balance in the brain.
Studies show that proper nutrition, sleep and exercise are also effective in stabilizing the brain chemistry.