Depression: Brain Chemistry Or Thinking

An Inquiry: With clinical depression, do we know which occurs first, negative thoughts (which then affect brain chemistry), or defective brain chemistry?. . . (which then causes the negative and/or anxiety-filled thoughts)?

How We Would Respond: This is an interesting question and one that people have different opinions about. I personally believe there is little to debate, in reality, because emotional responses follow thinking. Even more, emotions are a direct response to thinking that has been accepted as true.

We don’t emotionally respond to nothing and yet there is nothing — until we make a judgment that something or other is going on. The term depression is somewhat nebulous but it generally refers to a down mood. What is there to be down about, unless and until we have made a judgment about the state of our lives or the world at large.