Causes of Depression
Although depression can be brought on by the changes that take place in our lives, physical changes in the brain are also happening. The imbalance of chemicals sends signals to the brain and nerves called neurotransmitters. The action of the neurotransmitters affects how an individual functions. Due to the range of symptoms and causes, depression can be a complicated illness to treat and cope with. Sometimes it’s brought on by tragic event or inevitably passed down from one generation to the next. Either way, the feelings of sadness and loneliness are treatable if one is diligent to pursue the proper treatment.
Main Causes of Depression
Depression can be brought on by many different reasons, some more visible than others. Many times however, an individual battling with unknown depression may not think there is anything worth treating or even severe enough to deal with. Therefore, being aware of possible contributors to depression can help a person know when he or she may need to seek treatment.
- Genetics and family history—risk of battling depression intensifies when it runs in the family.
- Trauma or stress due to major events—financial problems, breakup of a relationship, starting a new job, graduating from school, getting married, moving, getting divorced, retiring, etc.
- Abuse—physical, sexual, or emotional abuse that has occurred
- Certain medications—drugs used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers or reserpine
- Pessimistic personality—low self-esteem, negative outlook on life
- Conflict—personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends
- Death or loss—natural sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one
- Serious illnesses—co-existing major illness or reaction to the illness in conjunction with depression
- Substance abuse—nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also struggle with major or clinical depression
- Other psychological problems—problems such as social isolation due to other mental illnesses or being cast out of a family or social group (loneliness), anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, etc.
Determining the cause of depression can heavily affect the proper treatment procedure. Depression is not something to be ashamed of or embarrassed by, and feeling that way can prohibit not only daily functioning in life but enjoying life. By recognizing the current condition of how one is feeling by measuring one’s actions and words, depression can be properly diagnosed and overcome.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to discuss treatment options with you. You can beat depression. Don’t let another day go by without knowing more about how you can get your life back. Call us today.
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