What are 4 major causes of depression?

What are 4 major causes of depression?

What are 4 major causes of depression?

What causes clinical depression, which is a relatively prevalent illness? According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), around 16.2 million adults in the United States will experience serious depression each year. This equates to 6.7 percent of the total population of the United States. According to MIT statistics, at least 17% of Americans will suffer from a significant depressive episode at some point in their lives. What is the purpose of these statistics? What causes depression in the first place? It’s a complicated sickness, with numerous factors contributing to or exacerbating it. Depression manifests itself in different ways for different people, and it typically has to do with your past and surroundings. For years, scientists have been trying to figure out what causes depression, and they’ve come up with a lot of theories. Here are four of the most important.


Your genetic code is one of the most influential variables in the onset of serious depression, and it is beyond your control. According to Stanford Medicine, genes play a role in about half of all cases of depression.

Even if two persons with different sets of genes have the same terrible life event, one of them will develop depression while the other would not. Different genes may be involved in different forms of depression (such as bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, and dysthymia). According to studies, having a depressed parent or sibling increases your chances of developing depression by up to three times. It’s impossible to say how much of this is due to genetics and how much is related to your surroundings.

Abuse of Substances

Substance misuse (alcohol or drugs) and serious depression are frequently linked. This is referred to as comorbidity, or having two mental illnesses at the same time.


There is a clear association between alcohol or drug misuse and serious depression, according to a large body of evidence. While depression affects 17 percent of all Americans, it affects 30 percent of substance abusers and alcoholics. According to studies, approximately 27% of depressed people also battle with substance usage. What causes depression as a result of substance abuse? It can take a multitude of forms. For example, you may be experiencing a lot of emotional anguish and stress and are self-medicating with alcohol and drugs. Drinking or using drugs on a regular basis can make you feel high and bring short relief.

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Many heroin addicts who have successfully overcome their addiction claim that the psychological detox was the most difficult part of their rehabilitation. These effects can linger for a long time. Ex-users may have significant depression for months, exhibiting depressive symptoms such as persistent poor mood and anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure in normally enjoyable activities).


While substance misuse isn’t necessarily the cause of sadness, it can certainly exacerbate it. Drug misuse is also used by many people to cope with the agony of their depression.

Early Childhood Observations

It’s well knowledge that certain early childhood experiences are risk factors for depression. Traumatic occurrences such as the death of a loved one or physical or sexual abuse fall under this category. It is also possible for children to develop the syndrome if they:

Neglect is a common occurrence.

Have you ever had a family feud?

Constantly hear criticism

Having a depressed parent as a parent

When you are exposed to a lot of stress as a child, you are more prone to stress later in life.


These early childhood experiences cause brain alterations that are difficult to reverse, but it is feasible. Psychodynamic therapy, which focuses on your early life experiences and family relationships, is one effective treatment. TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) can also help relieve depression symptoms without the need of medicines or intrusive procedures.

Major Life Occasions

A major life event can be enough to precipitate depression in someone who is already at risk. The following are examples of recent big life events:



After a breakup

A family member has passed away.

Loss of employment

The failure of a company

Natural disasters cause the loss of a home.

A severe bodily harm

The birth of a child (known as postpartum depression)

Longer periods of stress might also trigger signs of depression. The following are examples of long-term stressful life events:




Issues with your health, such as a chronic disease

Pain that lasts a long time

An unhealthy or abusive relationship

Job-related anxiety

If you’re dealing with two or more of these issues at the same time, you’re more likely to fall into depression.


It’s critical to understand what causes depression, especially if you believe you’re predisposed to it due to genetics, a past event, or something else.


You can safeguard your mental health by recognizing and comprehending the reasons of depression, avoiding them if possible, or coping with them if not.


Whatever the source of your depression is, keep in mind that what you’re experiencing is genuine and treatable. We can assist you if you are suffering from significant depression and are looking for an alternative to antidepressant drugs. To learn more about TMS therapy for depression and to get help, call Success TMS at 855-943-3232.

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