How Does Depression Affect the Brain?


It’s well-known that depression can take a toll on your mental health, but did you know it can affect other aspects of brain health, too?

“People with depression exhibit differences in their brain as revealed through neuroimaging,” says Avigail Lev, PsyD, a clinical psychologist with the Bay Area CBT Center in California. Research shows that, over long periods of time, these physical changes in the brain caused by depression could lead to changes in the way the brain functions.

For instance, these changes can make it harder for someone to focus on and complete their usual work-related or personal responsibilities or rely on their memory over time. This can cause additional stress or frustration in everyday life.

So, how exactly does depression change the brain? Here are four ways, according to experts.


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