In research conducted at Yale University, scientists hypothesized that in depressed patients’ brains, prolonged stress exposure led to disruption of brain systems involved in thinking and feeling. Depressed brains appeared to have more limited and fragmented information processing abilities. This finding may explain the pattern of repetitive negative thinking that depressed people exhibit. It’s as if their brains get stuck in a negative groove of self-criticism and pessimism. They are unable to envision more positive outcomes, or more compassionate interpretations of their actions. Some recommendations for improving brain health and reducing stressors include dietary supplements such as DHA, regular exercise, and a daily prayer or meditation practice.
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