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What Causes Depression?

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No one is immune to mental illness. It can attack out of nowhere and plague you for much longer than you thought possible. Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand, disrupting our daily lives and staying way past their welcome. You may question where they came from or why they are here. Today, Arbor Behavioral Healthcare will discuss a few of the causes of depression.


Women, according to TIME Magazine, are almost double as likely as men to have depression. This isn’t to say that men don’t suffer from depression — they do! — but women are much more likely to be impacted by depression. This could be because of Postpartum Depression, a form of depression that arrives after giving birth. Hormones are flooding the woman’s body, which could impact her mood. Men, however, still have to be on the lookout for depression. To help control it, both women and men can exercise daily, eat healthily, and sleep enough. These natural things, in combination with therapy and medication for some, help keep depression at bay.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, aside from unintentional injury, the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 34 is suicide. This disproves the stigmatizing notion that young people cannot be depressed because they don’t have the responsibilities and worries that older people do. Anyone, of any age, can be impacted by depression. Everyone could be carrying a burden that you don’t know about.


If you have a parent or sibling with depression, says TIME Magazine, you are five times more likely to suffer from depression. Much of who we are comes from our genes. This includes mental illness. Depression can be passed down through our genes, which is why it’s important to talk with our family members about what they are going through, too.


The world around you and how you react to it plays a large role in whether or not you may develop depression, reports TIME Magazine. Trauma and depression seem to be inherently linked. Being in situations involving death, abuse, and tragedy will affect the individual who experienced it, adding impact to the likelihood of depression.

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help treat your depression. Call us now at (844) 413-2690. We want to help you feel better today. Call now. You won’t be disappointed.