For someone who has chronic major depression and is experiencing this depression from some negative thought/event in his/her life, every time this person experiences a feeling of depression from this, there are two things that happen together. First, the amygdala gains activity. Second, there is then a loss of pleasure activity in the brain.

Are there ever brief moments for this person in which when he/she experiences depression from this event/thought, that the loss of pleasure activity in his/her brain is greater than the activity gained by the amygdala? Or is this something science can't answer or prove and that for all we know, there can never be such brief moments and that the activity gained by the amygdala is always greater than the loss of pleasure activity for this person?
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replied June 28th, 2013
I am afraid you have to ask scientists about that. From neurologist point of view you can not limit amygdala function only to generation of anxiety. It serves an important function of association of emotions and memory and bunch of other stuff.
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