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What Causes Depression?

Depression has chemical, psychological or biological causes. Chemicals that are in our brain control how we feel emotionally. Depression can be a result or the cause of an imbalance in these chemicals. Alcohol, drug use or withdrawal can cause an imbalance in the chemicals in your brain and result in depression. What does all this mean? It means depression is not a moral flaw or weakness. Depression has some biological causes, some environmental causes, and some learned behaviors as a cause. Depression is treatable. Risk factors for depression are:

  1. Using or withdrawing from drugs or alcohol
  2. Family history of mood disorders or addiction
  3. Recent negative life events such as moving, family problems
  4. Divorce
  5. Chronic stress: unemployment, illness
  6. Having a low to moderate self-esteem
  7. Lack of closeness with family and friends
  8. Being single
  9. Traumatic events, violence or assault
  10. Being young, being between the ages of 18 – 24 (BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, 2006)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (learning rational thinking skills) is very effective for  depression. Some studies have shown taking vitamin B6 in addition to other treatments combats depression. Regular exercise is very effective in reducing depression. Relaxation, social activities, quality sleep and a healthy diet lessen the overall symptoms  of depression. Increasing your pleasurable activities that do not involve drug and alcohol also reduces depression. Sometimes, medications called antidepressants are prescribed. They work in conjunction with cognitive therapy, vitamins, good exercise, relaxation, social activities, sleep, and a healthy diet. There are many positive ways to manage depression, so there isn’t a good reason not to get treatment (Medina, 1998).