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What causes a person to be depressed?
Years of experience 5
Depression is a pretty complex condition. Most people assume that depression occurs due to unfortunate or unwanted events in a persons life, however, this is not always the case. In fact, genetics, nutrition and neuro-chemistry also play a very significant role in depression.
Depression can occur as a result of several factors including:
–Abuse – Sexual, physical, emotional and even verbal.
–Death or Loss – This results in grief which increases the chances of developing depression
–Personal problems – Lack of social life, poor grades, being cast out by friends or family
–Substance Abuse – These people tend to also suffer from depression
–Medications – Certain medication like corticosteroids, result in an increased chance of depression
–Chronic Illness – People suffering from chronic illnesses tend to become depressed about their circumstances especially when it affects major aspects of their life
–Genetics may also play a role.
–Poor nutrition, etc.
When a person is depressed, certain neurotransmitters within the brain such as “Serotonin” tend to be less present. According to research, people suffering from depression or whom have a history of depression tend to have a smaller “Hippocampus”. The Hippocampus is a part of the brain located in the medial temporal lobe. When the Hippocampus is small in size, it has less Serotonin receptors.