What Causes Depression?

The cause of depression is not fully known. A number of factors may be involved, such as chemical imbalances in the brain or family history. Sometimes depression can be linked to stressful events, such as the death of a loved one, a divorce or job loss. Certain medicines, overuse of drugs and alcohol, and chronic diseases can also lead to depression. Depression isn’t caused by personal weakness, lack of willpower, or a ‘bad attitude’.

What is Depression?

In the simplest way possible, Depression (depressive disorder) may be defined as an illness that involves the body, mind, mood and thoughts – some saying it really affects the spirit and the soul, as well.

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Signs and Symptoms

People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.

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Treating Depression

Depression, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is.

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