Causes Of Depression

A number of things are often linked to development of depression

Life events

Difficulties such as – long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged work stress – are more likely to cause life stresses. However, a combination of events can ‘trigger’ depression if you’re already at risk because of previous bad experiences or personal factors.

Personal factors

Life circumstances and other personal factors are still likely to have an important influence. Some people may be more at risk of depression because of their personality, particularly if they have a tendency to worry a lot. Drug and alcohol use can both lead to depressed state.


  • Support, ranging from discussing practical solutions and contributing stresses, to educating family members.
  • Psychotherapy, also known as talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Drug treatment, specifically antidepressants.

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