Scientist Proves Depression is Not a Choice by Locating its Physical Location Within the Brain
Scientists say they've identified the physical source of depression within the human brain
Researchers have found the physical source of depression within the human brain. This scientific breakthrough serves as a huge win for the mental health community, who for decades, have tried to convince the rest of the world that depression stems from a neurological abnormality. The study also gave validation to depressed people, who for decades, have fought the stigma of being mentally weak.
The Study That Accurately Located the Origin of Depression
The study involved more than 900 brains. Through their exhaustive research, scientists were able to successfully pinpoint the origin of negative emotions such as, low self-esteem, feelings of loss and overall sadness to a part of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex - the section of the human brain that engages brain functionalities such as sensory integration, excitement and decision making.
Jianfeng Feng was one of the leading scientists involved in this groundbreaking study. He says, "Our finding, with the combination of big data we collected around the world and our novel methods, enables us to locate the roots of depression, which should open up new avenues for better therapeutic treatments in the near future for this horrible disease."
Depression is More Than Just General Sadness, Findings Prove
Through his team's scientific study, Dr. Feng now says depressed people suffer due to their inability to access positive memories as clearly as they do negative ones. The study backs up the scientist's conclusion when looking at the brain's lateral OFC. The doctor's research indicates a depressed brain builds strong neural connections with the lateral OFC - which is responsible for activating non-reward outcomes such as punishment, embarrassment, and disappointment. When considering these findings, one can only conclude that depression is not a choice, but a genuine illness within the brain, itself.
Understanding Depression within the Brain and Erasing Stigmas
Dr. Feng's research - and other studies like it - are revolutionary for the ever developing science of mental health. Additionally, studies and research like Feng's are critical for our developing knowledge of the human brain and how it operates. By further understanding how and why mental illness affects the brain, mental health professionals are more able to diagnose, and most importantly, actually treat the illness for what it is: a neurological disease.
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The region of the brain that serves as the physical source of feelings of depression has been identified, with new MRI data being the latest evidence to show that depression isn't just a 'frame of mind'.
Scientists have scanned the brains of more than 900 people, and the results suggest that feelings of loss and low self-esteem are tied to the functioning of the orbitofrontal cortex – a region of the brain associated with sensory integration, expectation, and decision-making.