Depression and Your Hypothalamus

The hypothalamus regulates a number of functions, including hunger, sleep, sex drive, bonding, “fight or flight” responses to threats, and mood. It’s located in the brain’s limbic system, considered to be the seat of emotions. Depression is associated with an overactive hypothalamus. Very often, people have an overactive hypothalamus due to repetitive negative thoughts.  It’s important to remember that you are in control of your thoughts.  You are capable of taking a step back, listening to what you are thinking, deciding whether or not those thoughts are helpful or harmful to you, and rejecting those thoughts that are harmful.  It will definitely be a battle at first, but will get easier over time.

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