Certain events can have a long lasting physical as emotional consequences. Early losses and emotional trauma may leave you more prone to depression later in life.
Profound early losses like the death of a loved one or the withdrawal of a loved one’s affection may resonate throughout life and express itself in a depression later in life. When the person is not aware of the origins of the depression it can be difficult to move past the depression. Unless the person gains a conscious understanding of the source of the condition, later losses or disappointments may trigger its return.
Traumas can be stored in the brain and the body. A study showed that women who were abused as children (sexually or physically) had more extreme stress responses than women who had not been abused. The women had higher level of the stress hormones ACTH and cortisol and that their hearts beat faster when performing a stressful task as solving mathematical equations or speaking in front of an audience.
Researchers believe that early trauma causes subtle changes in brain function that can lead to symptoms of depression or anxiety. The key brain regions involved in the stress response may be altered at the chemical or cellular level. Changes might include fluctuations in the concentration of neurotransmitters or damage to nerve cells. However, further investigation is needed to clarify the relationship between the brain, psychological trauma, and depression.
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Thank you so much Annie!