Stanford’s Sapolsky On Depression in U.S. (Full Lecture)


Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky, states that depression is the most harmful disease you can experience. At this time it is the number four cause of disability in the US. UU And it is becoming more common. Sapolsky says that depression is a biological disease as real as diabetes.

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    Stanford’s Sapolsky On Depression in U.S. (Full Lecture)

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    1. My mom has been depressed her whole life, and has taught me a lot about how it works. I also recently started taking Prozac to help treat my own mild depression, as well as my autism and OCD. All that said, I probably learned more about depression from this one lecture than in the whole rest of my life combined. Sapolsky does an incredible job of explaining the nuts and bolts of how the disease works, and gave me a deep understanding that even experiencing it for myself couldn't. it completely changed how I think of depression in a biological sense.

    2. Major depression have people with primary adrenal insufficiency – Addison's Disease. This is not a usual depression but style of living, entwined with unique feelings about human emotional sphere due to the lack of DHEA, cortisol and aldosterone.

    3. the problem with arguing that depression is purely a biological disease is correlation/causation issue. yes, depressed people have different biological indicators but is that the cause of it? or is it just mere correlation with a psychological condition?

    4. I think this lecture/video is wrongly named. The name does not truly express the wealth and value of its content. It's an amazing lecture.

    5. thank you I too have struggled …it s inverted sometimes and I am hit by it later then I work it thru with my feeling s Yoga and forgiveness holy fck it s depressing

    6. I just saw this link in a comment below that I'd like to share as a contra-point to Sapolsky's lecture. I'm doing this because I think it's always interesting to have a second expert comment on a subject so important as this:
      bang zoom's comment :(~ 2015)
      http://chriskresser.com/the-chemical-imbalance-myth

      In particular, the following quote, of the article, seems to contradict what Sapolsky is saying in this video:
      ".. there is absolutely no evidence to support it. Recent reviews of the research have demonstrated no link between depression, or any other mental disorder, and an imbalance of chemicals in the brain (Lacasse & Leo, 2005; (Valenstein, 1998)."

    7. 39:55…you have lost a loved one. That can also be a loved concept, a loved goal,…
      40:10….most will mourn then come out the other end. Melancholia is the subset of people who can't put the negative feelings in the background and instead are awash with love and hate
      Out of this comes the line, depression is aggression turned inward….
      43:55… learned helplessness….
      44:33…lose a parent to death before the age of 10 years old, and for the rest of your life your are more at risk for a major depression….learned that there are things that you can't control and sometimes they are just awful…and you're much closer to the edge of this learned helplessness cliff for the rest of your life.
      49:30….those who have a good version of the gene,…
      are more able to pick themselves up after more and more exposure to major stressors….

    8. Now that it's becoming better understood that post partum depression typically occurs when there has been extensive medical and surgical intervention in the birth process, is it not possible that those interventions have interrupted a concurrent hormonal process or sequence which is analogous to the process of premenstrual depression which is expected to clear when menstruation is completed?

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