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3 Surprising Causes of Depression

Updated on December 14, 2015
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Carlina is a nineteen year old college student. She was born & raised in Tampa, Florida. Carlina is majoring in Psychiatry. She loves music,

Depression is caused by a number of things.

Depression is defined as having extreme feelings of anguish, hopelessness, helplessness, and unhappiness. Individuals with depression may also lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. There are many causes of depression. Causes of depression include dietary, hormonal, and circumstantial factors.

Is fast food making you feel "blue"?

A poor diet can cause depression. Fluoride, MSG, and processed foods all cause depression. While fluoride is good for whitening teeth, it is not good to ingest. Fluoride is a poison. Fluoride is one ingredient of unfiltered water that causes hypothyroidism, which causes depression. This is especially important because even small amounts of fluoride cause imbalances in the thyroid gland. In other words, just one glass of fluoridated water can decrease thyroid function. If someone were to drink fluoridated water every day, they would more than likely develop depression. Monosodium glutamate, commonly known as MSG, is a neurochemical commonly found in Chinese food; it decreases serotonin intake, therefore causing depression. Processed foods such as fast food and candy also cause depression. For instance, let's say that Amy is hungry, and wants some quick, easy food to eat. Amy decided to order a hamburger, fries, and a Dr. Pepper from McDonald’s. While Amy ate, her blood sugar levels raised rapidly, and then after she finished their meal, her blood sugar level crashed just as rapidly. Amy’s low blood sugar levels caused her to feel irritable and depressed. If someone were to eat fast food every day, they would most likely develop depression. It is essential to exercise, and avoid consuming these foods and ingredients in order to prevent depression.

Are your hormones out of whack?

Hormonal imbalances can also cause depression. In men and women, testosterone is responsible for certain biological functions, such as inducing feelings of contentment, happiness, and prosperity. If a man or woman is affected with low testosterone levels, he or she can develop depression if his or her underlying condition is not treated. Likewise, estrogen is responsible for increasing serotonin, and regulating endorphins in the brain. Consequently, if a man or woman with low estrogen levels goes untreated, he or she can develop depression. All men and women should keep these hormonal levels balanced in order to prevent depression.

When life hands you lemons, don't let it make you depressed.

Finally, circumstantial factors can cause depression. Painful situations such as homelessness, job loss, and the passing of a loved one can all cause depression. Troublesome situations can have a chain-reaction effect, leading to depression; for instance, Thomas found himself in a difficult circumstance. Thomas got laid off, and this caused him to feel discouraged and hopeless. Thomas could not find a job because no one was hiring in his field. Thomas was not able to afford to pay his rent, and as a result, he got evicted from his apartment, and became homeless. Unfortunately, Thomas had no choice but to sleep on a park bench; this put Thomas in a vulnerable position. Consequently, a criminal stole Thomas’s only belongings. Thomas became distrustful and paranoid that more criminals would take advantage of his defenselessness. Thomas’s adverse emotions were exacerbated by his circumstances, and shortly after his newfound homelessness, Thomas developed depression. Similarly, the loss of a loved one can cause depression. Since everyone grieves differently, this is not always the case; however, in many cases this is true. If a person experiences a loss of someone close to them, they will feel immense pain and sorrow; for example, if a husband loses his wife, he will feel immeasurably grief-stricken. The husband will wake up every single morning to an empty bed. He will also have no one to share his coffee with, and he will have no one to talk about his day with. The husband’s loss makes him especially susceptible to developing depression. Even though unfortunate circumstantial causes of depression cannot usually be avoided, the depression that comes with them usually is not permanent.

As cliché as it sounds,

there is hope.

To sum things up, dietary, hormonal, and circumstantial factors can cause depression in a number of ways. Dietary changes, supplements, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, regular sleep and exercise are all ways to proactively keep depression at bay. It is crucial to also be aware of the causes of depression in order to prevent it, or possibly even reverse it.

About the Author

Carlina is a nineteen year old college student. She was born & raised in Tampa, Florida. Carlina is majoring in Psychiatry. She loves music, art, and cooking.

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    • Michaela Osiecki profile image

      Michaela 2 years ago from USA

      I've been suffering from depression for the better part of 12 years now. It was only a few years ago that I finally received a diagnosis and after telling my doctor about all the things that had been going on with me for the last decade or so AND my family's health problems, he concluded that I likely had a hereditary inclination towards clinical depression. And that sucked, because no matter how healthy I ate, how much I exercised, how solid my social circle was or how little stress I actually had in my life, that this thing would still strike me randomly and mess my life up. And it hasn't gotten better - not with therapy and not with medication either.

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      Carlina Sandusky 2 years ago from Tampa, Florida


      I'm sorry you had to go through all that. Having a hysterectomy must have been very difficult and painful. However, I am really happy to hear that everything worked out for you. Thank you for sharing! :)

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I was diagnosed with depression following a ten-year time period of severe hormonal imbalance that eventually ended with a hysterectomy. After the surgery, I was able to be "normal" for the first time, but realized that although the physical symptoms were gone, I still had issues with my moods. I also had fluctuating thyroid problems during this time. Getting into mental health treatment was the best thing for me, as I was able to learn how to live again.