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After a few minutes, she would pull herself back together and return to her students. “I wore a powerful mask,’’ she says. ”38 Depression can also make people feel emotionally distant. Says Safa, a teenager diagnosed with depression, “I very quickly began to feel distant and in a world of my own from my classmates who were always laughing and smiling. . I withdrew myself completely from the friends I once had, my family—everyone. I didn’t think anyone understood me. ”39 Cognitive Effect Depression can affect how an individual thinks.
This may cause some of the mental and emotional symptoms of depression such as low mood and difficulty concentrating. “This inability to control how brain areas work together may help explain some of the symptoms in depression,”32 he says. “ ” Brain Chemicals and Hormones Brain chemistry appears to play a significant role in depression. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that send messages across gaps, called synapses, between the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons. Neurotransmitters affect how a person feels, thinks, and behaves.
Although he suffered more depressive episodes over the years, Wallace said that getting treatment helped him better cope with his illness. A Productive Life with Depression Despite having to deal with the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social effects of depression, many people are able to live normal and productive lives. Some very successful people have been diagnosed and treated for depression, including sports stars, actors, writers, and politicians. The list includes actress Angelina Jolie, Olympic skating star Dorothy Hamill, singer Sheryl Crow, rocker Pete Wentz, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and baseball player Zack Greinke.