A Great Lecture About The Screaming Biology of Depression

Major Depression in one sentence: “a biochemical disorder with a genetic component, when early experiences influences, where a person cannot appreciate sunsets”. This is a great lecture by Professor Robert Sapolsky, from Stanford University, on Depression with notes prepared by us.




Many exotic diseases among others, including Elephant Man Syndrome, Progeria and cannibalism which are more ‘exciting’ and can be more stimulating. But, depression is the “basic meat and potatoes of human medical misery”.

Depression can be:

  • Absolutely crippling
  • Persuasive
  • Important to talk about

Depression can be “the worst disease you can get”. It can be:

  • Devastating
  • Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
  • The leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease, according to WHO.

This is a great lecture by Professor Robert Sapolsky, from Stanford University, on Depression. He explores the biological and psychological explanations to how depression exists in our bodies and how real such a problem is.

While watching this lecture, I also prepared a handy series of notes, based on his lecture, which is available as a PDF here.

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