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The goal of this website is to give support to people who are feeling depressed and unhappy with their lives. I am living in Europe and English is not my native language, I wish you will excuse me if I make some grammatical errors. I decided to write in English because I wish to reach as many people as I can around the world.

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Depression, memory and learning

Chronic stress often leads to depression. Prolonged depression has been shown in several studies to have an adverse effect on memory and learning. During a short term stress adrenaline is being released in the brain, increasing individual's energy level and hence helping one to perform better on short term basis. Short term stress and related increase in adrenaline level do not have an adverse effect on body. Long term stress, in turn, has been shown to have a very different physiological effect.

Depression, cortisol and hippocampus

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that has a suppressing effect on immune system. Cortisol is widely used as immunosuppressive drug to treat various severe allergic reactions, rashes and inflammatory skin conditions. Prolonged stress has been shown to increase physiological cortisol levels. High levels of cortisol have been shown to have many harmful effects on the body. Some of the most serious consequences of prolonged stress are difficulties in learning and impaired memory functions.

Hippocampus is a structure in the brain that is crucial for learning and formation of new memories. Cortisol has been shown to cause population deaths of neurons in hippocampus. As a result of this neuronal atrophy, the size of hippocampus has been decreased in people who are suffering of chronic stress and depression. Good news is that this situation can be reversed when one recovers from depression.

Memory impairment and learning difficulties can be reversed

When chronic stress ends and cortisol level goes down, the size of hippocampus starts to increase. As a result of this, memory starts to improve and it is easier to focus and learn new things. It is never too late to change one's life and take necessary actions to remove the factors that are causing depression. Many things in life can trigger depression. Prolonged problems at work or in personal life are common triggers for depression.

The most important thing is to identify the factors that are causing depression and then remove them from one's life. It is often difficult to take the necessary steps to remove the factors that are responsible of depression. A depressed person is often so tired and out of energy that it is hard to make big changes in one's life. Recovery from depression begins with small steps. In order to recover it is important to understand what depression is all about. The purpose of this website is to offer information and support for people who are feeling depressed and unhappy with their life.

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To read more, please see sections Depression - General and Depression - Science.