The Science of Depression


Are you a bronchiectasis patient suffering from depression? If your answer is yes, you’re among friends. Not only is there a high correlation between bronchiectasis and depression and anxiety, but more than 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (That’s a lot of friends.) As this asapSCIENCE video explains, depression is a very real and serious condition that cannot just be gotten over by getting on with it.

Understanding what’s going on inside your body is the first step to a healthy recovery. Learn more about how depression and anxiety may add to the burden of bronchiectasis. 

This video explains exactly how depression is a disease and that it isn’t a decision you’re making to feel unhappy. It’s not a weakness. It’s not a vulnerability. It’s a biological change that, with the right treatment, can be reversed.

The key? Neurogenesis.

In human language: the growth of new and healthy brain cells in a very specific area of your brain. An area that controls your memory and emotion.

During episodes of depression, the portion of your brain responsible for memory and emotion physically shrinks. Imagine if a body builder lost half their body mass–they’d struggle to keep lifting the same weights. The same is true for depression.

These changes can be triggered by stress, life events and hormonal changes. Sound familiar?

While one person may go through these changes unfazed, another may come out the other side with depression. This is not a weakness. This is because of genetic susceptibility and is the very reason why depression can be hereditary.

Watch this video to learn the biological basics of depression in just three minutes.

Physical activity is increasingly recognized for its positive impact (health benefits but also reduced mortality) in several chronic diseases, including those affecting respiratory conditions.

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  1. Rose says:

    So happy to be receiving these articles about bronchiectasis. I had no idea what it was until i was diagnosed 1 year ago. These articles are both hopeful and informative. Thank you.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Thank you for the encouragement Rose! We hope that you are able to continue to learn more about bronchiectasis from our posts and articles. 🙂

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