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What Are The Causes?

Just about everyone knows what depression is; however, it is unclear just what the causes of depression are. It is believed that depression symptoms occur due to a combination of environmental factors, genetics, and biochemical changes that take place in the brain.


Studies have shown that biochemical changes occur in people who are clinically depressed. The biochemical imbalance of the neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine, are believed to be related to mood changes. It is believed that an imbalance of the hormones, estrogen and testosterone are contributing factors of depression. Sometimes proper nutrition, exercise, and depression drugs, if indicated, will help to get the body back into balance again.

Many people still believe that the way a person thinks and how a person behaves are the major triggers for depression. Someone may have told you to just change the way you think, or to just brush off whatever is making you feel depressed. Depression used to be thought of as a weakness of the mind. It is only in fairly recent years that researchers have found some possible causes of clinical depression and bringing them to light.

Researchers are looking for a genetic link to depression. It is believed that family history is one of the major causes of depression. For instance, if you have bipolar disorder, and a parent and or grandparent also has bipolar disorder, there may be a genetic marker for bipolar depression. Everyone has a different gene makeup, so no two people are going to be the same; however, under the right conditions, certain people seem to be genetically programmed to be predisposed to depression disorders.

Your environment and the events taking place around you play a role in depression. Your thoughts and emotions are transmitted through your brain by the neurotransmitters. The more stressful a situation is, the more your brain chemistry may be stimulated to react, which may cause an imbalance of brain chemistry, which in turn brings on depression.

Though the causes of depression are not entirely known, there is much information being discovered through research. Research on the different types of clinical depression has brought about medical treatment in the form of medications that help to put the brain chemistry back into balance. Most people who suffer from clinical depression begin to feel better in a few weeks. People who were suffering with profound sadness and feelings of helplessness can begin to feel joy in their lives again. Depressed people, who had no interest in the activities of daily living, can get back to their lives, and feel well again.

Because depression is thought to be an imbalance of brain chemistry, most people who are depressed must stay on depression drugs in order to feel well. Medications, such as Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and prescribed to patients to take on a daily basis. People diagnosed with depression, who are taking medication for it, need to be as faithful to take their antidepressant as they are to take their blood pressure pills, and other important medications. Most people who take their medications, and live a healthy lifestyle often begin to feel better in just a few weeks. Those who can get a little bit of exercise each day can also help improve how they feel, because exercise, such as walking stimulates endorphins, which help you feel better.

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