image depicting depression. A woman with braids is crying.

Turns Out That Depression Isn’t Strongly Genetic After All. Really? Astonishing!

A powerful piece of medical dogma is the notion that depression has genetic roots.  This is the idea that if your mother suffered from depression, then the chances are that you will too. A closedly associated notion is the “chemical imbalance” in the brain idea. This is the claim that depressed patients do not have…

An image of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum. They may play a role in mood disorders.

Mood disorders: Do herpes and inflammation make you cranky?

Does Herpes Virus Cause Mood Disorders? New research published in Frontiers in Microbiology shows remarkable links between herpes virus infection and mood disorders.  Dr Bhupesh Prusty and his team conducted post-mortem brain biopsies on people who had suffered from bipolar mood disorder (BMD), major depressive disorder (MDD), schizophrenia, and on control patients with no history…