I intend to address ACSutliffs question in a hub. I’ll take this opportunity to thank her for asking the question, and also encourage you to read some of her stories, they really are exceptional.
As a prefix to that eventual hub, I share this. My theories on depression stem from many sources read, seen and heard, covering a plethora of topics from genetics, nutrition, personalities and parenting styles. Insight, however, never seems to be gained as thoroughly or harshly as when it is accompanied by experience, and having had the malady of depression for over two decades of my life, I am also able to write with an insider’s capacity. In my time as a “victim”, I pursued multiple “cures” and in the process learnt much about many things, not least of which myself.
Of course that raises one of the challenges when speaking of depression, for it is unique to each individual and complex; in that it is largely physically imperceptible, emotionally unpredictable, and psychologically diverse – It can strike anyone from any walk of life, whether rich, poor, religious, unreligious, of nurturing or neglectful parenting, low or high IQ. Therefore no one can confidently say “This is why I got depressed and therefore likely why you got depressed also”.
That said, when a society as a whole is experiencing a massive insurgence of any malady, it pays to look for the common denominator(s) that may be behind it, with the goal of eliminating them if possible, or at the least controlling them.
So what are the common denominators of depression?...
...we'll address that in my hub ;)