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Please explain what are the main causes of depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Depression causes: There are multiple possible causes of depression, and more than one may be present in the same person. These include: genetics; certain medications (such as anti-hypertensives); trauma/abuse; death or loss; serious illness; substance abuse; personal conflicts with others; major events like moving or graduation, etc.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Please explain what are the causes of depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Many causes: This is a huge topic -- but there may be biological causes like neurotransmitter changes, hormone changes, medication side effects, etc. Medical illnesses that increase likelihood. Also genetic causes since depression can be more common in certain families. Life events like loss of any kind. Childhood trauma and abuse. Drug and alcohol abuse. For more info: http://tinyurl.Com/36yv6hs.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Please explain why does depression cause severe feelings of guilt?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Because: Depression can significantly distort our view of the world. One may assume that they are responsible for negative outcomes that they have nothing to do with. They may blame themselves for things outside their scope of influence - even if it is irrational.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Please explain what are the signs of depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depression sx’s can: Include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide.

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