Video: What Causes Depression?



Consultant Psychiatrist

Smart TMS Medical Director explains what causes depression. 

This video is helpful for anyone who is or knows somebody who is struggling with low mood.


Interview with Dr Leigh Neal, Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Smart TMS, London.

Dr Leigh Neal explains:

depression videoWhat causes depression?

“We don’t know precisely what causes depression, but we do know that in depressed patients there are changes in the neurotransmitter levels in the brain and there are reductions in the levels of excitability in the brain and particularly in left side of the front of the brain.”

What are the symptoms of depression?

“The main symptoms of depression are pervasive low mood, loss of interest in life, impairments in sleep, appetite and concentration, feelings of worthlessness and suicidal ideation.”

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