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How Can You Be Depressed for No Reason?

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Updated November 09, 2012

Question: How Can You Be Depressed for No Reason?
Wow, I read your bio, your poem, your accounts of depression and stared at your picture. I guess that I can't fully understand depression and who it effects. I am awaiting a liver transplant (4 years) and I am on depression medication. How can someone with a beautiful face like yours and your health, be so sad? Sorry if it's hard for me to understand, but I want to.
Answer:

I think many people struggle to understand. What makes it difficult for them is that when they become depressed, there is a reason. So, it's difficult for them to comprehend why it doesn't work that way for other people. Like yourself, for example. You have a very good reason to be depressed. But, why would someone be depressed if everything in their life is good? The reason is that depression can be caused by a defect within the brain that causes that person to not produce enough of certain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which are responsible for mood control. This could be compared to an illness like diabetes, where the body no longer produces enough insulin. There doesn't really have to be an outside reason. The reason is the chemical deficiency itself.

I'm really sorry you are going through what you are. I'm keeping you in my prayers that a transplant comes through for you. You sound like a really terrific lady. You could have been angry with me, but instead you wanted to understand. Thank you for that.

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