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Is Depression physiological or psychological?

Updated on December 5, 2011

Depression can be physiological or psychological.

Depression can be physiological or psychological.

A person can be born with a genetic predisposition, chemical imbalance or mutation which causes depression... or could get this chemical imbalance from improper eating habits, or drug intake, and in those cases it would be physiological.

On the other hand, a person could be physiologically fine, but can learn depression psychologically, from the people around him.

In that case it would be a learned and psychological depression, yet over time the person's thoughts and actions can change his physiological structure, and vice versa, a person who is physiologically depressed also gets psychologically used to thinking that way.

Therefore, either one can be the cause, or they cause one another, so ultimately they are intertwined and both need to be dealt with.

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      rochelj 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Vinaya, I agree. Thank you for sharing about your father, I'm glad to hear that he is fine now. Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I believe depression can be physiological and psychological, for I have seen my father suffer for many years. He is totally fine now. Thanks for sharing this informative and useful article.