A Conversation About Depression

November 12, 2020

On November 11, 2020, Van Andel Institute hosted “A Conversation About Depression — Hosted by Carol Van Andel.” The fully virtual event discussed the biological underpinnings of depression and explored how a better understanding of the disorder can be translated into improved diagnostics and treatments. The panel included Pine Rest’s Dr. Eric Achtyes and Dr. Mark Eastburg.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting more than 264 million people worldwide. It is more than simply a feeling of sadness brought on by the ups and downs of everyday life; rather, depression is caused by several psychological, social and biological factors that vary from person to person.

A growing body of evidence suggests that inflammation—the body’s natural reaction to harmful stimuli—may be an important trigger for depression. These insights may provide critical new avenues for prevention and treatment.

“Society has made great strides in recent years in our willingness to discuss depression and mental health. These are incredibly important conversations to have, as mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being,” said Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation. “If we can better understand the various factors that give rise to depression, we can further destigmatize it and move closer to effective treatments.”

Click on above image to view the complete video on YouTube. Event begins at the 10:13 minute mark.

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