Reblogged from “Come in, Sit down” blog.
1. Depression can be genetic, although the exact gene causing it is presently unknown. If you have a family member with depression, you’re more likely to experience it, too. This however might be hard to tell as clinical depression was formally recognized in the U.S. around 1970s. Prior to that, it was known as melancholy, therefore undiagnosed. It could have been misdiagnosed for a multitude of other reasons, especially in the old days.
2. Depression can be triggered by imbalance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Why this is happening, remains a mystery and is not fully understood. Antidepressant medications work to balance these neurotransmitters, mainly serotonin.
3. Hormonal changes certainly play a role in developing depression. Generally, depression is more common in women than in men…
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