Causes of Depression

Whilst it is still unclear the exact cause of depression there are a numerous amount of reasons that may cause the development of depression, often there is never one factor that cause the presence of depression but more often a build up of stressful events or overwhelming situations which may cause the individual to feel vulnerable and morose.

  • Family history - A presence of depression in the family history may show indications of an individual developing depression, however life factors and personality factors have an extremely high influence.
  • Personality – Some people may be more at risk of depression because of their personality, particularly if they have a tendency to worry a lot, have low self-esteem, are perfectionists, are sensitive to personal criticism, or are self-critical and negative.
  • Serious medical illness – The stress and worry of coping with a serious illness can lead to depression, especially if you’re dealing with long-term management and/or chronic pain.
  • Drug and alcohol use – Drug and alcohol use can both lead to and result from depression. Many people with depression also have drug and alcohol problems.