Re: Depression Re-wiring the Brain?
I'm thinking it's kinda like this, but don't quote me...
When one gets depression, there is a certain neurological pathway, a particular physical route of communication between specific brain cells that is activated in response to depression. The more an individual feels depressed, the more this brain cell pathway is used. Once used repetitively for a duration of time, the brain will prefer this depressed pathway rather than the healthy non-depressed pathway.
So, recent research shows that the depressed pathway can be altered by introducing a new thought process (for example, cognitive behavioral therapy) that will use a new route between different brain cells. This new pathway of brain cells will override the depressive pathway such that the depressive pathway will eventually stop working.
Think of it this way...
There's one railroad to get from A to B. Then a new shorter and more direct railroad is built from A to B. The new one is used much more often then the original one because travel is shorter. The original railroad gets rusted and soon will become out of commission.
I hope this explains it.