Neurological Inflammation and Depression: When it’s MORE Than Sadness

You probably have never heard neurological inflammation and depression spoken in the same sentence. That’s because many people don’t know what neurological inflammation is; many have never even heard the term. And even if they know what it is, they have no idea how neurological inflammation and depression could possibly be linked.

After all, the cause for depression has already been determined, they say. It is a biochemical disorder that that must be corrected with medication. There is no room for a discussion of neurological inflammation and depression when the cause of depression has already been discovered.

Actually, science has never proven a biochemical link for depression. Yes, some people who are depressed have low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, but they are a minority. Low serotonin levels are often caused by poor nutrition, exposure to toxic chemicals, and other factors, yet the first thing many doctors do is prescribe antidepressant medication.

But studies now show a link between neurological inflammation and depression. This finding could eventually change the way doctors diagnose and treat depression.

Are You Suffering from Neurological Inflammation and Depression?

Have you ever suffered from depression? Are you depressed now? Do you often feel “blue” without an obvious reason? Are you excessively emotional, crying often? Do you have trouble concentrating? Sleeping? If so, you may be suffering from neurological inflammation and depression.

Studies show neurological inflammation and depression often go hand-in-hand. Several studies have found neurological inflammation leads to common symptoms of depression. One such study, published in the 2015 edition of JAMA Psychiatry, found a link between neurological inflammation and feelings of “sadness”, “loss of appetite”, “low mood”, and other symptoms of depression.

The discovery that neurological inflammation and depression are linked is good news; for if neurological inflammation causes depression — especially if it is the sole cause of clinical depression — we might have a cure for depression soon. That’s because neurological inflammation is curable.

No other depression treatment has been able to promise a 100% cure for this disorder. Hundreds of millions of people rely on often ineffective drugs with disturbing or dangerous side effects to treat their depression. Others don’t seek treatment at all, instead suffering in silence, or the medications don’t work for them.

Though almost everyone has felt depressed at times, clinical depression is different. Those who suffer from clinical depression, known as major depressive disorder, feel as if they have fallen into a black hole. Their lives are suddenly dark, hopeless. They feel worthless, helpless. They feel as if life is not worth living. And that’s why it is so important to find a cure for depression.

Connection Between Neurological Inflammation and Depression

Studies show chronic inflammation contributes to many health conditions. In fact, many researchers believe this type of inflammation may be the underlying cause of most illnesses. This is because unlike acute inflammation that is temporary, lasting just long enough to remove foreign invaders and/or heal a wound, chronic inflammation is ongoing.

With chronic inflammation, the immune response is continually re-triggered. The inflammation never recedes, which damages the tissues. This eventually leads to heart disease or stroke diabetes or cancer — just about any disease.

Acute inflammation is a normal response of our immune system to bacteria, toxins, or other foreign invaders in the body. It only becomes dangerous when it turns chronic. But neither acute nor chronic inflammation is supposed to occur in the brain. That’s because the blood-brain barrier protects the brain.

However, if the blood-brain barrier is damaged, toxins, pathogens, and other dangerous substances “leak” into the brain’s sensitive home leading to brain inflammation. Scientists call this “leaky brain syndrome,” and research shows it is a real condition. Leaky brain syndrome may affect many millions of people, leading to a variety of cognitive and physical disorders — including depression.

In fact, studies increasingly show neurological inflammation as a factor in mood disorders such as depression. This is a HUGE discovery! If the link between neurological inflammation and depression stands up, all we have to do is heal the inflammation to heal the depression.

Healing neurological inflammation is not as difficult as you may think. One of the best ways to heal this condition is with nutrition.

5 Replies to “Neurological Inflammation and Depression: When it’s MORE Than Sadness”

  1. I suffered with depression most of my life. As early as my early teens but we didn’t know what to call it and left it to hormones as I grew up. Yet in my 20’s and on it never went away. However what I have is closer to manic depression. I can be doing well (not happy not full of joy not even enjoying life) but I’m at times having fun joking around and laughing and then ten minutes later I feel the bottom dropped out. It always is accompanied with by health just crashing. Then memories of terrible experiences flood my mind making my depression worse and that triggers more depression. This cycle or spiral down gets so bad I can’t hardly get out of bed and certainly don’t do anything but basic human necessities. This can last up to two weeks. Then it goes away only to start the process over I know it will happen but I have know signs of it coming. I’ve had extremely tragic things happen in my life since my late teens (probably 6 or 7 things) Sometimes I feel my depression may be linked to those experiences kinda like (Post Trama Anxiety or Post Trama Disorder) Yet I don’t know if that is the cause of all my depression. I guess I didn’t really comment on your blog. Yet that’s my story. Idk if you have any answers However I’m willing to have a open mind on any suggestions you may have. One fact that may help explain this issue I have but idk When I was 7 we were playing base ball I was catching. When the batter swans the bat completely around to where it hit me on the side of the head. I didn’t completely pass out but things went very dark and disoriented. It took just under a minute to come too completely. I had terrible headache we put ice on the left side of my head to take the swelling down. I never went to doctor we just chalked it up to a bump you get as a kid. I don’t recall any side effects then but within four years I do remember feeling sad a lot then in next few years it got worse but by then I had at least one traumatic thing happen to me. There it is Barbra. I doubt this will even be read much less answered even if you don’t have an answer. It’s won’t be a surprise and I’ve grown to except this is how my life will be. Sincerely D

  2. Thank you for your very interesting article. However, you don’t mention which foods could help.

  3. Thank you so much for all information is so important to know. I like to ask
    1) if the blood-brain barrier break, can it be healed and cured?
    2) Does it heal naturally if we cut off processed food and eat healthy?
    3) how long to heal or turn to worst
    4) is have blood-brain barrier break, will it be life threatening?

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