Diseases

Depression: the causes

Depression results from the combination of several hereditary, biochemical and psychosocial causes. The environmental situation (stress, diet, lifestyle) also plays an important role.

Traumatic events, such as early loss of a parent, chronic illness, work-related conflict, family conflict can also contribute to loneliness, alienation and thus depression.

Some people also have a genetic predisposition. Those whose close relatives are suffering or have suffered from depression are more likely to develop depression themselves.

Research has shown that depression may be due to an imbalance in the "chemistry" of the brain, particularly to a decline in the production of certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.

Their impairments cause a decrease in appetite, a loss of sleep, energy and pleasure.

This research on neuromediators should reveal other explanations as to the causes of this disease. They may also explain hormonal mood swings, such as baby blues or premenstrual depression.

Seasonal causes are also to be taken into account. The rate of depression is higher during the winter months, when the sun is the lowest: it is called seasonal depression. In this case, the depression is most often mild or moderate.

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