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Are There Many Causes For Depression?


Before we look at the cause, or more accurately, causes, of depression, let’s have a quick look at the symptoms.

We’re discussing clinical depression here, not just a day or two of feeling a bit ‘down’. Clinical depression is often called a mental illness, but the fact is it can have as many physical symptoms as mental. The mental side comes first, but this can lead to certain physical discomforts.

It’s very necessary to understand this mental/physical side of depression and the accompanying symptoms, if for no other reason than you can be blindsided by the physical part, wondering why the heck you’re having aches and pains that you’ve never had before. So let’s have a look at some of the symptoms. If you’re already depressed, then the following are likely to sound familiar.

1. You have no self confidence.

2. Thinking with any clarity is almost impossible.

3. Feelings of failure, and

4. Burdensome to others.

5. Life isn’t worth living, especially as you can’t see any future.

6. Either you don’t want to see other people, or you feel fear if left alone.

7. Rumination or brooding. I know we’ve covered this, but another look won’t hurt. If you prefer to be alone, you may spend a lot of time either thinking about the past; what went wrong and when. What should have gone right, but didn’t. However, let’s turn now to the causes of depression. The three most commonly held views are as follows. What is the cause of depression?

1. That it’s a medical disease, the result of a hormonal imbalance.

2. It’s caused by certain types of thinking.

3. Bad experiences in the past.

To begin with, depression is not a disease. The physical symptoms of depression are not causes. Mind you, depression can feel like a physical illness, because of the exhaustion, pain and loss of appetite attendant to it.

The second thing to consider is thinking styles. Just because things suddenly go wrong in your life, this doesn’t mean for one moment that depression will set in. People will re-act to adversity in different ways and yes, it can’t be denied that there are those who will become depressed for one reason that will leave others completely free of the condition.

You may suffer terrible, traumatic occurrences and become depressed, but this does not mean that the occurrence itself caused the depression. Probably the worst and most horrific conditions endured for years by men and women were the horrific concentration camps like Auschwitz and Dachau.

Now, I have no doubt that many of the poor people in these ghastly places came out in deep depression, but by no means all. What happens to a person, however terrible, and how they relate to it, is the link. I am not suggesting that it’s their fault. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When you start thinking in a depressive fashion, it’s extremely difficult to break.