What is Depression?
Depression is classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a mental illness that has an effect on the chemical balance in the brain, the mental illness itself is characterised by a persistant mood of exhaustionand the lack of motivation or interest in activities, causing significant damage to everyday life.
What is Depression Caused by?
While we do not know exactly what causes depression, a number of things are often linked to its development. Depression usually results from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors, rather than one immediate issue or event.
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Facts About Depression:
- There is no single cause for depression; rather a combination of stress and a person's vulnerability to developing depression.
- The predisposition to developing depression can be inherited.
- Other biological causes for depression can include physical illness, the process of ageing and gender.
- Stress can trigger depression but understanding its particular meaning to the person is important.
- Certain temperament and personality styles pose risks for developing non-melancholic
- Depression is treatable so act fast on getting someone diagnosed
For more facts about this subject the black dog institute have done a PDF on facts and causes here.