To my mind something here does not add up, re. this new hypothesis that depression is a physical rather than mental illness.
So, most people who have depression are no strangers to anti-inflammatory drugs, in particular NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Yes, it is true that brain inflammation can be different to inflammation in other parts of the body. But it is believed that NSAIDs work on brain inflammations at least some of the time.
So, that is my concern. Given the huge population of people with BOTH depression and pain at least some percentage of these should have noticed an easing of their depression due to the NSAIDs they were taking. But, this has not been reported.
Hence my skepticism. Yes, it is possible that stronger, more specialized drugs are needed to fully combat depression-related brain inflammation. However, that NSAIDs have apparently not even scratched the surface bothers me.
What do YOU think?
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The title of this caught my attention because it is somewhat related to “is depression a physical illness” post I did a few days ago — which many of you found interesting.
Please remember that Quora is a free-for-all and is not moderated or fact-checked. So, you can get total amateurs having their ‘two cents‘. So, just keep that in mind. I think the best that you will gain from this thread is different opinions on the subject of ‘reparability’.
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This, thankfully, is one ailment I do not suffer from — at least for now. But, I am, alas, way too familiar with it. As such I do know that medication does NOT seem to work. Electromagnetic stimulation, such as ‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS), TMS and ECT seem definitely more effective.
I do not know whether there is any credible merit to this hypothesis but it sure seems to make sense.
Definitely worth reading. Hence, why I am sharing it with YOU.