How many causes do you think there are for depression?
I have read a zillion reasons for depression. Lack of salt, vitamins, diseases, Just curious how many causes you think there might be?
Chemical imbalance is only one of them...the others are as varied as the experience of the person and how much memory of a trauma he has...
Usually, the right answer is somewhere in between. I'm sure the genetic reasons have a major impact, but diet, overall health, nutritional deficiencies and the accumulated trauma of existence have around equal say.
O lots of things can make us feel depressed. Usually though it is because we have our eyes on people and people let is down. I have learned from experience that we need to keep our eyes on Christ, for He will never let us down!
There are probably thousands of reasons. Some reasons include lack of sunlight, isolation, deaths, being a victim of crime, being poor, being rich, feeling unattractive, being unattractive, etc. I don't think there's ever been a tally as it seems there could be many reasons to be depressed if you look for them. I'd prefer looking for reasons to be happy.
In short, there are many reasons of depression. One person's cause of depression can be totally different from another person's cause of depression even though the symptoms are the same.
Depression just a name we give to a set of symptoms that is typically characterised by a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being.
There are many possible unbalances in the body and affects that can induce this state of being.
As examples, some of the many reason may include ...
A person may like sushi and eat a lot of tuna high in mercury which affects the brain causing depression due to mercury toxicity. Or a person may not like fish and not eat it at all, causing omega-3 deficiency which can also cause depression. Other nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin D can also cause depression.
There are certain digestive disorders that can cause depression.
Some depression is caused by emotional trauma. Others are caused by burnout and stress.
There is situational depression which would stem from a life crisis, like death of a loved one, or divorce. And there are chemical imbalances in the brain that cause depression. I know vitamin D is a big one. Lack of salt I have not heard of. I know many medications can cause depression.
One I learned is if you are on anti-depressants, do not take large amounts of ibuprofen. It interacts with the anti-depressants and you end up down in a pit.
I think, if we look at individual causes, we might find thousands. But it is easier if we look at levels of our lives, and causes at each level.
First of all, I would not call "situational depression" depression. It is grief. Depression, by definition, is a low feeling that does not have a legitimate situational reason behind it.
It is important to consider:
- physical causes and remedies: sunlight, diet, exercise, supplements
- emotional causes and remedies: unacknowledged feelings, unexpressed feelings, lack of ability to manage feelings, rage turned inward.
- mental (cognitive) causes: Beliefs that one cannot handle one's feeling, beliefs that depression is incurable.
- energetic causes: lack of flow in life
- soul causes: not living one's life purpose
- spiritual causes: living a harmful or self-harmful life, then becoming depressed so as not to do harm.
In my view, genetic causes are less significant, simply because, whether they are present or not, there isn't much we can do about them.
In my experience as a holistic healer, depression is challenging, but can generally be relieved in a few months with holistic treatments and without prescription medication. My own health coach, Dr. Harold Koning (www.mind-bodystrategies.com) has a very good program for this.
There are many causes for depression:-
a) Chemical imbalance.
b) Low iron.
c) Lack of Salt.
d) Dealth of a loved one.
e) Some kind of accident or
f) Poor Diet and No exercise at all.
There are many other reasons, whcih cause for depression.
Thank you all.
Duffsmom, Sidkemp, Blissful Writer, and everyone, thank you so much for your thoughtful answers. Voted a few up.
The emotional responses to life are not true depression, I know this, despite the fact it gets lumped in.
I believe true depression is organic. And I get the different causes. But finding a balance is insane.
I appreciate the multitude of answers and the insightful hints. They will be very helpful in my journey.
Bless you all.
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