Published On: Wed, Apr 6th, 2011

DEPRESSION CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS

DEPRESSION CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS

Depression Causes

and Risk Factors

Some illnesses have a specific medical cause, making treatment straightforward. If you have diabetes, you take insulin. If you have appendicitis, you have surgery. But depression is more complicated. Depression is not just the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, and is not simply cured with medication. Experts believe that depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. In other words, your lifestyle choices, relationships, and coping skills matter just as much—if not more so—than genetics. However, certain risk factors make you more vulnerable to depression.

Causes and Risk Factors for Depression

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

Cause of Your Depression Helps Determine the Reversal Method

Understanding the underlying cause of your depression may help you overcome the problem. For example, if you are depressed because of a dead end job, the best treatment might be finding a more satisfying career, not taking an antidepressant. If you are new to an area and feeling lonely and sad, finding new friends at work or through a hobby will probably give you more of a mood boost than going to therapy. In such cases, the depression is remedied or reversed by changing the situation.  I don’t like the term “depression treatments” as that is usually a gateway to drug prescriptions which don’t get at the underlying cause and just suppress depression symptoms.

See our other articles on depression in the category of A-Z Health Conditions

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  1. Really a fabulous article on the problem of depression…..It is one of the most common problem that a human being is facing nowadays……The post here lists some of the causes of depression,which are very important one..

  2. actos recall says:

    I have never been depressed, but I think that if your job appeared to have no meaning at the back of it, then I maybe someone depressed.

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