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What can cause depression ?

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

Depression is a form of mood disorder where you feel sad, lost, and anxious about almost everything. You will not even know what has caused depression until you talk to a mental health counsellor.


Some people have a higher risk of depression owing to their personality traits. Ones who have low self-esteem, stay unoccupied, overthink, sensitive to criticism, are negative, or can't take rejection are the ones who are more prone to depression.

Too much drug use

Alcohol and drugs can be major causes of depression. These are highly toxic for the brain, mind, and body and can put you in danger of depression.

Genetics or family history

Depression often runs in families where some people are at heightened risk because of genetic factors. Parent or close kin can pass on their depression in your genes.

Medical condition

Worry and concern about coping with a serious medical issue can lead to depression. Especially, if you are perennially ill and unable to cope up with a long-term medical issue, then you might fall prey to depression.

Life events

Extreme financial worries, work-related stress, career-related concerns, relationship trauma, or long-term isolation can lead to depression. These events in life trigger stress and depression.

Hormonal impact

If you are feeling blue and don't seem to have the energy to pull yourself off the couch, you may be suffering from depression. The cause might be hormonal balance. Hormones are critical chemical messengers which influence mental wellbeing. When your hormonal levels are out of thump, you may experience sharp mood swings and be less energetic. You can feel:

  • Concentration difficulties

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Panic attacks

  • Mood swings

  • Sadness

  • Anxiety

  • Negative thoughts

  • Brain fog

Read more on how to fight depression here and conquer your life.

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