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Depression An Allergic Reaction in the Brain? Experts Say Yes.

Psychologists are finally confirming what many of us already suspected:  depression is a physical disorder, not a mental one.  Immune messengers known as cytokines–which help fight infections like the flu–can cause depression when chronically activated. When you’re sick with a … Continue reading

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Sickness Behavior & Depression

Think back to the last time you were sick.  Did you feel like doing the Riverdance or retreating to a dark room to hibernate for hours? When the body is sick, the brain responds with “sickness behavior,” a collection of … Continue reading

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