What Causes Depression

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What Causes Depression

While we do not know the exact cause of depression in each individual, we do know that there are a number of factors that contribute to the presence of depression. Some of most common issues related to depression are:

  • Genetics – Individuals with parents that have experienced depression are between 2 to 4 times as likely to have depression. Some research has found that there may be specific genes that are associated with depression and heredity.
  • Physiology – Research indicates that the brain and depression are interrelated. Some research has identified chemical imbalances within the brain during times of depression (i.e. neurotransmitters), while others have focused on specific parts of the brain that may be involved in the presence of depression (i.e. amygdala, the thalamus, and the hippocampus). What is clear from the research is that the brain plays a significant role in the presence of depression.
  • Physical Health issues – Depression can be triggered by significant changes in health. For some people, health problems can change their body chemistry which can lead to depression. While for others, the loss of lifestyle or ability to function can lead to depression.
  • Situational – Depression can be brought about by life circumstances that become overwhelming and that overwhelm our normal ability to cope.
  • Unresolved anger – Anger that is turned inward and that is not adequately resolved can contribute to the presence of depression.
  • Unresolved trauma – Trauma that is unresolved can affect the physical and emotional well-being of an individual and lead to depression and anxiety.
  • Stress – Stress that is extreme and ongoing frequently contributes to depression. If our body and mind begin to wear down, we are more susceptible to disease, health problems, depression, and anxiety.
  • Unresolved conflicts – Conflicts that do not get resolved can contribute to episodes of depression.
  • Unresolved family of origin issues – Growing up in a chaotic home where basic emotional needs are not met can lead to depression.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder – Many individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder experience depressive episodes. Their struggle to maintain stable relationships and cope with a low self-esteem often triggers episodes of depression.
  • Unresolved grief – Grief is a normal part of saying goodbye to our losses and re-establishing our life in a new way. Sometimes, however, people get stuck in grief and depression emerges.
  • Unresolved abuse issues – Emotional pain that is unresolved can lead to depression. Physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal abuse can all contribute to the presence of depression.
  • Bipolar Disorder – Depressive episodes are a common aspect of Bipolar Disorder.
  • Substance Abuse – Drug and alcohol abuse can contribute to the presence of depression. In fact, for some people, when they quit using drugs and alcohol, their depression completely disappears.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.

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