According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, over 17 million Americans experience a major depressive episode in an average year. Additionally, the NIHM estimates that 31.1% of Americans will experience diagnosed anxiety during their lifetime (NIMH, 2021). As we learn about the nervous system this module, we can use these two common disorders to help gain an understanding of basic nerve function. 

choose either depression or anxiety and answer the following questions. Remember to use your own words when explaining these concepts. Support your opinion with valid research and cite your sources appropriately. 

  • How does depression/anxiety affect neurotransmitters? 
  • How does depression/anxiety affect synapses? 
  • How does depression/anxiety affect neuron function?