Causes of Depression

Sometimes you might be able to identify why you are feeling depressed and other times that might not be possible. Whether it develops suddenly or more gradually, often there are no outward signs that there is anything wrong in the early stages of depression, which can sometimes lead to cases going undiagnosed for considerable periods of time, during which the sufferer sinks ever deeper into despairDepression is always experienced in a very personal and unique way, which makes it difficult to define in absolute terms.  Whilst the ultimate cause of depression is not yet known, this very harsh condition can affect anybody, regardless of age, gender, race or any other factor. Experts believe that depression is a complex condition that is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. Hence, lifestyle choices, relationships, and coping skills matter even more that genetics. In other words, depression is not simply caused by chemical imbalance in the brain, and it cannot be simply cured by medication. However, certain risk factors make you more vulnerable to depression.

  Risk factors for Depression

  • Loneliness
  • Recent stressful life experiences
  • Marital or relationship problems
  • Early childhood trauma or abuse
  • Unemployment or underemployment
  • Lack of social support
  • Family history of depression
  • Financial strain
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Health problems or chronic pain

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