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Did you hear Peter Kramer on NPR a couple of weeks ago? At least, I think based on reading this that it must have been him--I came into the story in the middle. I meant to track down that story and listen to the whole thing, but had forgotten it, and this post just reminded me.

It was either Kramer or a scientist doing that fundamental biological research on depression's impact on the brain. Really, really interesting. At the end, he began to talk about the corollary process, anxiety, which is processed near the hippocampus too, but in the opposite way: the glia become stronger, neurons fire more efficiently, and so on. So a traumatic occurence overstrengthens that area of the brain, causing the brain to be in an over-anxious state (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its related disorders). He was talking about very early genetic research going on that he said might be really promising.


I found the show I was thinking about--Peter Kramer hosted an episode of The Infinite Mind called "Depression in the Brain" ( That link includes an overview of the entire show, as well as a link to listen to the broadcast.

Along the way, I also found this interview on Fresh Air with Kramer, which I've only listened to a few minutes of (


Those links aren't working because the closing parenthesis and period got included in the link for some reason.

Vito Prosciutto

Thank you for posting this. It's taken me a long time to do it, but you've spurred me to seek treatment for my depression.

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