(Time Healthland) Tracing the Circuits of Self-Loathing in the Depressed Brain
By Maia Szalavitz Tuesday, October 4, 2011
They say there’s a fine line between love and hate, as evidenced by the fact that the same brain circuitry processes both intense love and severe hatred. Now a new study finds that that the key wiring that connects brain regions in this circuit is weakened in people suffering from depression.
At first glance, weakening the brain connections necessary to feel hate might seem like a recipe for calmer and more peaceful feelings, but the researchers think the decoupling may actually contribute to feelings of self-loathing, which is clearly associated with depression.
Meanwhile, because the same brain-circuitry problems interfere with the ability to feel love, it may further cause feelings of self-hatred in people with depression, who commonly say they feel unloved and unlovable, even when there is affectionate evidence to the contrary.
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