9 potential causes of depression. Do you have depression? There is a good chance that it will be yes, the statistics show. But have you ever wondered why? If this is a question that has bothered you for a while, maybe we can help you find the answer. Today, we will discuss some of the causes of depression and, possibly, help you discover what causes your specific depression.
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Genetics and biology: 04:42
Imbalance of brain chemistry: 05:24
Female reproductive hormones: 06:01
Alteration of the circadian rhythm: 06:48
Bad nutrition: 07:22
Serious medical illness: 08:02
Drugs and alcohol: 08:54
1) Genetics and biology. This could be the hardest to face because you could have the best life, but since it's in your genes, you have to live with depression. According to VERY GOOD MIND: "studies of twins, adoption and family have linked depression with genetics." In addition, they have discovered that having a brother or father with depression also increases their risk factor. This type of thing can be difficult for families, but if you fear that you suffer from a mental illness, try talking to your mom, dad, sister, brother or any other family member about it. You never know what you will discover, and what you two (or more than two) can do to combat this terrible affliction.
2) Imbalance of brain chemistry. This is one of the most popular causes of depression. VERY GOOD MIND has a great article where they explain how depression is caused by an imbalance in neurotransmitters, at least those that are involved in the regulation of mood. Essentially, these neurotransmitters are the ones that help the different parts of your brain to "talk" to each other, and when they are scarce, most of the time you will experience symptoms of depression. Try talking to a doctor about this and maybe you can have them check your brain. Science is still a bit clumsy, but you can do everything possible to try to diagnose yourself.
3) Female reproductive hormones. It's hard enough to be a woman. You have to deal with menstruation, pregnancy and now, you are apparently twice as likely to suffer from depression according to a study conducted by the expert NANCY SCHIMELPFENING. And because the cases of depression are highest during their reproductive years, experts and researchers are beginning to believe that it is due to their hormones. Let's take a look at all the times when your hormones are at their worst: menstrual period, childbirth and perimenopause.
4) Disturbance of the circadian rhythm. Wow, they are many words. Here, we will call it by its most popular name: seasonal affective disorder. Essentially, when your "circadian rhythm" is disturbed (hence the name), you will be more depressed. VERY GOOD MIND explains it perfectly: "The light that enters the eye influences this rhythm and, during the shorter days of winter, when people can spend a limited time in the open air, this rhythm can be interrupted."
5) Poor nutrition. If you have a low amount of certain vitamins, this could be causing your depression. What vitamins, you ask? Fortunately, BEYOND BLUE has a useful list of diets that could be affected most often by depression for us: "[those that are] low in omega-3 fatty acids or with an unbalanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is associated with higher rates of depression.
6) Serious medical illness. It is not only the pain and suffering caused by your illness, but also the stress and anxiety that can cause your depression. In addition, you can get depression from a family member, friend or loved one who has a serious medical illness. Illnesses can be difficult for all of us, and we must stay together to overcome them.
7) Personality. Unfortunately, your depression can be caused by something as small as your personality. BEYOND BLUE helps us understand what types of people might be most affected, specifically: "those who worry a lot, have low self-esteem, are perfectionists, are sensitive to personal criticism or are self-critical and negative".
8) Drugs and alcohol. Finally, the abuse of drugs and alcohol is one of the main causes of depression. In a study conducted by BEYOND BLUE, they discovered that "more than 500,000 Australians will experience depression and a substance use disorder at the same time, at some point in their lives."
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