Causes of Depression

Clinical Depression TherapyMajor depressive disorder reaches people of all ages from all walks of life, though women are 70 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men. Despite this knowledge, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact cause of depression or method of care. There is some evidence that depression is a factor of heredity, trauma, or past abuse.


There is evidence that you may be more prone to depression if there is a family history of depression. A likely reason is that chemical imbalances in your brain are inherited from a member of your family, making you more susceptible to depressive disorder. In many cases, symptoms of major depressive disorder don’t appear until the age of 32, but for anyone with a family history of depression you may see signs earlier.

Additionally, traumatic events, combined with a genetic predisposition, can cause depression to present itself earlier than the median age.

Traumatic Event

If you have experienced a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one or a personal tragedy, there is evidence that you may become depressed. Depression in response to a trauma can present itself even years after the original event and can occur at any age. Since individuals differ, you may be more affected by the same events than someone else, especially if you have a predisposition to depression.

Abuse is a specialized form of trauma that has also been linked to depression by a number of studies. While not everyone who suffers abuse will become depressed, the factors mentioned above indicate a greater possibility of it.


Victims of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse are all considered to be more susceptible to all forms of depression. Depression and withdrawal can be a way for your mind to cope with the trauma you have experienced. Abuse victims are also more likely to become depressed if they feel that they cannot tell anyone about the event. Often abuse victims feel ashamed of what happened, and this shame also contributes to feelings of hopelessness and sadness. These feelings can persist for years before symptoms of depression even begin to show.

If you are depressed, professional treatment is available to help you determine the causes of your illness. Whether you are a victim of senseless abuse, have experienced the loss of a loved one or have a family history of mood disorders, treatment is available for you.

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