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What's your opinion on causes depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Multiple causes: Depression has complex & multiple causes. Some include: genetic linkages, in that it's more common in some families than others, along with alcoholism. Risk is 1.5-3 times greater if you have a 1st degree relative w/depression. Also medications like beta-blockers, and medical conditions like hypothyroidism. Histories of trauma & abuse; substance abuse; loss & death; social conflict & isolation.

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What's your opinion on causes depression and anxiety?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
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Multifactorial: Causes of depression and anxiety can be multifactorial such as : having a positive family history , brain chemistry changes, medical illnesses (i.E thyroid disease), side effects from medications, major life stressors, substance use/abuse and history of abuse/trauma.
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What causes depression?

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Multitude of things: A question surely pondered thru the ages. Some people are born with a genetic predisposition and a strong family hty. Drug and alcohol abuse can cause depression. Prolonged exposure to stress can make the most resilient among us depressed. Medical depression may be related to inflammatory cytokines which travel from site of illness to brain (e.G mult. Sclerosis can present with depression).
A 39-year-old member asked:

What cause depression?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Causes of depression: Include a genetic component that increases your risk when a blood relative has depression, distressing experiences combined with dysfunctional negative thinking and beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to withdrawing socially & reducing pleasurable & rewarding activities. Cultivating an optimistic, resilient attitude that sees problems as solvable challenges help prevent depression.

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