So, Depression causes your hippocampus to shrink. Don’t worry though, it’s reversible.

Depression Damages Reigions of the Brain Study Concludes

I came across this article on my facebook feed. For some time now, scientists have known that the hippocampus area of the brain shrinks in connection to depression. However, as this article states, they didn’t understand what came first, the hippocampus shrinkage or depression itself. An egg & chicken or chicken & egg dilemma.

Here are a few images of the brain so you can conceptualize where the hippocampus is.

Pretty neat how each picture showed a different view of the hippocampus, huh?

Going back to talking about the article, it is stating that depression is the culprit, rather than the hippocampus shrinkage.

So, not only did the researchers figure out that the antecedent to the brain shrinkage was depression, they also (happily) have said that once the depression ameliorates, that the shrinkage is reversed. Now, whether the person is able to recover from depression is another issue entirely.

When I finished reading this article, what I felt it lacked was an explanation of how the shrinkage of the hippocampus affected a person. Okay, it affects memory. What kind of memory? Long term? Short term? Eidetic Memory? etc. How would that look if I were to meet someone with depression? It feels as if whoever wrote this article didn’t actually think about this study further than the facts presented. Really, it should have too, beause we are dealing with people here and it’s not like we are all walking around with portable MRI scanners and knowledge about how the structure of the brain should look.

If you would like to share your experiences with memory and depression to give it a more human face, please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

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