Although the precise triggers for depressive disorders is still unclear, there are numerous factors that can play a part in whether somebody deals with depression or not. It is important to note that while in the years gone by the main treatment was medications, it is more understood now that getting to the root cause of the issue through using psychotherapy and then combining the use of antidepressants with other natural means in order to be able to balance the neurochemical pathways.

Researchers continue to study depression to piece the puzzle together. In the past, doctors believed that depression resulted from troubling thoughts or emotions. Nowadays, experts recognize that multiple factors contribute to depression, such as physiology, stress, learning, and thinking.

Physiology refers to an imbalance in brain chemistry that causes depression. This type of depression is known as “biological depression.” Neurotransmitters, which are crucial chemicals that enable different parts of the brain to communicate with each other, are involved in such depression. If these chemicals are deficient, the brain may experience miscommunication, leading to depression. Medication and/or natural therapies can help individuals overcome deep depression by jumpstarting the recovery process. However, not all depressed individuals have a significant biochemical component to their depression, and other factors may be involved.

Stress is another possible cause of depression. Overwhelming changes and demands in daily life can overburden individuals, making them lose their resiliency and making it difficult for them to bounce back from hardship. Such individuals may withdraw from others, experience a decrease in energy, and fall into depression.

Learning may also contribute to depression. Some individuals may have grown up in a family where depression was the norm for everyone and think that such moods are normal. They may learn to be depressed if they were subjected to such an environment. Alternatively, the family may have been normal but busy, and parents may have sent the message that to get attention, one had to be in distress. This may have resulted in children learning to adopt a depressive “lifestyle” as an attention-seeking behavior.

Finally, negative thinking may be a cause of depression. Some people may think themselves into depression by constantly worrying and imagining concerning scenarios. When they create such problems in their imagination and take them for “reality,” negative thought patterns can develop and lead down the road to depression.

These four pathways often act together to cause depression. If one experiences depression, they should evaluate these factors in their life to gain control over depression. It is important that if you feel that you are dealing with some depression that you do get support but that you recognise everything is a process and by taking one day at a time, not being too hard on yourself and gradually starting to alter how you perceive different situations/experiences, you will be well on your way to moving up that scale, away from depression and towards happiness.

Please note that the information given here is for educational purposes only and not in place of medical advice. Please see your medical practitioner should something be of concern to you.

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