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Common Causes of Anxiety and Depression

 

Often, it can be difficult to figure out the exact root cause of your depression. Depression commonly results from many factors- past experiences, a family history of depression, your current situation in life – all of these and more can negatively impact your mental health.

However, all too often, patients don’t receive the help they need from conventional doctors, because they don’t know how to deal with something they can’t see.

Below are common factors which can contribute to depression. If you may be suffering from this condition, read them and think about which may apply to you – this can be extremely helpful in the long run.

Health Conditions

Conditions such as cancer, heart disease, thyroid problems, chronic pain, and others increase your risk of depression. Even after recovery, many people still experience depression, which can be particularly distressing when there seems no present cause.

Trauma and Grief

Trauma, such as violence or physical or emotional abuse — whether from childhood or more recently — can be a significant trigger for depression. Grief after the death of a friend or loved one is a normal emotion, but like all loss, it can develop into more serious depression.

Changes and Stressful Events

It’s not surprising that people might become depressed during stressful times — such as during a divorce or while caring for a sick relative. However, even positive changes — like getting married or starting a new job — can sometimes trigger depression.

Medications and Substances

Many prescription drugs can cause symptoms of depression, so be sure to check this out if you are taking any.

Alcohol or substance abuse is common in depressed people and makes their condition worse.

Biology

We still don’t know exactly what happens in the brain when people become depressed. But studies show that certain parts of the brain don’t work normally. Depression might also be affected by changes in the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, called neurotransmitters – in such a delicate organ, even the slightest change can have significant impact.

Genetics

Researchers now know that if depression runs in your family, you have a higher chance of becoming depressed.

Gender

Studies show that women are about twice as likely as men to become depressed. No one is quite sure why this is, but the hormonal changes that women go through at different times of their lives may be a factor.

Age

The elderly are at higher risk of depression. That can be compounded by other factors — living alone and lacking social support.

Keep in mind that everyone is different when it comes to depression. Anyone is at risk, but you can recover with the right treatment.

“Some people have a clear sense of why they become depressed. Others don’t. The most important thing to remember is that depression is not your fault. It’s not a flaw in your character. It’s a disease that can affect anyone — and regardless of the cause, there are many good ways to treat it.”  WebMD Medical Reference

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