Can Inflammation Cause or Increase Depression?

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We know that depression can lead to overwhelming feelings of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Making matters worse, many patients don't respond well to antidepressant medications.

Inflammation is our body's natural healing response to injury, infection, or emotional stress. However, when the build-up of cytokines (proteins that help fight-off injury) reach excessive levels, this can exacerbate or lead to depression.

Depression then weakens the immune system, making it more challenging to fight-off infection or recover from injury. It's no wonder that this frustrating cycle could lead to feelings of despair and hopelessness.

If MELT techniques (which are non-invasive and actually feel good) help reduce inflammation in the body, can MELT help relieve depression?  It's certainly worth a try.

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> The Guardian: Is Depression a Kind of Allergic Reaction?

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