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What Causes Depression?

Introduction

Depression, for example, can be caused by internal and external factors. However, on an even further note, depression can be caused by various factors. This article will describe what factors can lead to depression. They include physical factors, infections, medical conditions, and hormonal conditions.

What Physical Factors Can Lead To Depression?

According to http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/the-physical-causes-and-solutions-of-depression-2/, various physical factors can lead to depression, including nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, lack of sunshine, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, yeast infections, as well as poor adrenal function. Also, another physical factor that can lead to depression is thyroid problems. According to http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/the-physical-causes-and-solutions-of-depression-2/, “A study reported in the Feb. 28, 2000, issue of Archive of Internal Medicine revealed that, of more than 25,000 people given blood tests, 9.9% had thyroid problems they probably did not know about. Another 5.9% were being treated for thyroid problems. This means nearly 16% of the population had thyroid dysfunction. Depression is a common symptom of poor thyroid function.” Hence, there are a variety of physical factors that can lead to depression.

What Infections Can Lead To Depression?

On an even further note, in addition to physical factors, infections can also lead to depression. According to http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/the-physical-causes-and-solutions-of-depression-2/, these include AIDS, influenza, mononucleosis, syphilis, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, as well as viral pneumonia.

What Medical Conditions Can Lead to Depression?

In addition to physical factors and infections, medical conditions can also lead to depression. According to http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/the-physical-causes-and-solutions-of-depression-2/, various medical conditions that can lead to depression are heart problems, lung disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, chronic inflammation, cancer, brain tumors, head injury, parkinson’s disease, stroke, temporal lope epilepsy, systemic lupus erthematosus, as well as liver disease.

What Hormonal Conditions Can Lead to Depression?

In addition to physical factors, infections, and medical conditions, hormonal conditions can also lead to depression. According to http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/the-physical-causes-and-solutions-of-depression-2/, examples of hormonal conditions that can lead to depression are premenstrual syndrome, sleep disturbances, dental problems, and TMJ or Temporo Mandibular Joint Problems.

Conclusion

With that said, various factors other than internal and external factors can lead to depression, including physical factors, medical conditions, infections, and hormonal factors. Examples of physical factors that can lead to depression are a lack of exercise and a lack of sunshine. Examples of medical conditions that can lead to depression are brain tumors and head injuries. Examples of infections that can lead to depression are AIDS and influenza. Examples of hormonal factors that can lead to depression are sleep disturbances and dental problems.

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What Causes Depression?


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2016). What Causes Depression?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/03/what-causes-depression/

 

Last updated: 31 Mar 2016
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