There are several factors in a person’s life and body that can cause them to be prone to being depressed. Here are eight of them:
One of the biggest risk factors is genetics. If one or both parents suffer from depression, the chances of the children inheriting the tendency are significant. If a person’s brother or sister have symptoms, there is an increased chance that it will occur in that person as well.
 Abuse During Childhood
Being abused as a child raises the risk of depression as well as bi-polar disorder.
Studies have been done on children who were adopted into good homes where there was no abuse. However, if one or both of the child’s parents suffered from this illness, the child still had a tendency for the disease.
Other studies were done of children who were adopted into abusive homes. Abuse could be in the form of verbal, physical or sexual. All forms of abuse have a terrible effect on a person, depending on how severe the abuse was that they experienced.
The abusive household itself was shown to raise the risk of depression. A person with bi-polar disorder has very high moods and very low moods – the main problem being the reoccurring bouts with depression, especially as the person gets older.
 Consuming Alcohol
Consuming alcohol presents another risk factor for depression.
The chances that these feelings will lead to suicide are increased if the person is also single and unemployed. Whereas there is an increased protection against suicide if the person is married and employed.
 Smoking Cigarettes
Cigarette smoking is another risk factor. A study conducted about 20 years ago showed that smoking alters the receptors in the brain. A decade later, the smoker has a higher risk for anxiety disorder and panic attacks.
Similarly, people who smoke have more incidents of being depressed. When a person first quits smoking, he may become depressed. Some cases are so severe that the person needs hospitalization.
Inflammation is associated with an increased incidence of heart attack and depression.
Many medicines and supplements that help fight heart disease also fight de.pression, such as statins and fish oil pills. Among other things, these medications reduce inflammation in the body, which in turn reduces the incidences of feeling depressed.
Smoking can cause inflammation, sending inflammatory hormones circulating throughout the bloodstream. It has long been known that smoking increases the risk of heart attacks but now it is also known to increase the risk of feeling depressed.
Therefore, treatments and diets the reduce inflammation also reduce the chances of heart attacks and depression.
 Long-Term Stress
Depression can be caused by being under enormous stress. For example, if a woman’s husband is chronically ill for years and she is in charge of his care, she is likely to suffer long-term stress. She is worried about him dying. Each change causes extreme worry. This type of long-term trauma can cause post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which carries with it a lot of anxiety.
This condition is often treated with anti-anxiety agents and anti-depressants.
 Dire Circumstances
A person who is in an extremely difficult living situation may become depressed. Circumstances such as unemployment, no place to live and nobody to confide in can make a person seriously depressed.
 A Chemical Glitch in the Body
There are cases where none of the expected external situations that commonly cause this illness exist. A patient may have very normal – even better than normal – circumstances and wonder why he feels depressed. Sometimes the chemicals in the body are such that he becomes depressed.
This is similar to a person who has high blood pressure. It doesn’t depend on the person’s living, relational or employment circumstances. The body simply has an illness, whether it be high blood pressure, diabetes or a variety of other illnesses.
To summarize, the major causes are:
* Family history of this illness
* Experiencing a lot of abuse during childhood
* Consuming alcohol
* Chronic inflammation
* Post-traumatic stress disorder
* Dire circumstances
* A chemical glitch in the body
About 10% of the population suffers from reoccurring depression.
The important thing is to get help and not give up trying different therapy treatments, including transcranial magnetic stimulation until you feel completely normal.
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