Discussion: an Expansion
Generally, the suggestion is that depression is a medical illness - some bio-neuro-chemical problem,
without psychological causes (psychological: internal responses to external events and circumstances).
However, all so-called "psychological problems" have some physical manifestations, and all physical
illnesses have psychological components as well.
* In fact, the chemical imbalances that occur during depression usually disappear when you complete
therapy for depression, without taking any medications to correct the imbalance.
* This suggests that the imbalance is the body's physical response to psychological depression, rather
than the other way around - in most instances.
* Some types of depression do seem to run in families, which suggests a biological vulnerability. This
often seems to be the case with bipolar depression and, to a lesser degree, severe major depression.
* Studies of families, in which members of each generation develop bipolar disorder, found that those
with bipolar disorder have a somewhat different genetic makeup than those who are not diagnosed.
* However, the reverse is not true. Not everybody with the genetic makeup that causes this
vulnerability to bipolar disorder necessarily develops the disorder.
* Additional factors, such as stress and other psychological factors, are involved in its onset as well.
*Likewise, major depression also seems to occur, generation after generation, in some families, but
not with a frequency that suggests clear biological causes. Additionally, it also occurs in people who
have no family history of depression.
So, while there may be some biological factors that contribute to depression, the indicators are that it
is often a psychological/emotional reaction "disorder" - making the physio-biological aspect become a
sort of chicken-egg situation (which came first?).
A variety of psychological factors appear to play a role in vulnerability to these severe forms of
depression. Most likely, psychological factors are completely responsible for other forms of mild and
moderate depression, especially reactive depression.
During treatment, Reactive depression is usually diagnosed as an adjustment disorder. People who
have low self-esteem, who consistently view themselves and the world with pessimism, or who are
readily overwhelmed by stress are more prone to depression.
SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT - Culture (Learned Behaviour)
Social learning factors are significant in the development of depression, as well as other psycho-
logical problems. People learn both adaptive and maladaptive ways of managing stress and respond-
ing to life problems within their family, educational, social and work environments. These environ-
mental factors influence psychological development, and the way people try to resolve problems when
Social learning factors also explain why psychological problems appear to occur more often in family
members, from generation to generation. If a child grows up in a pessimistic environment, in which
discouragement is common and encouragement is rare, that child will develop a vulnerability to
depression as well.
A serious loss, chronic illness, relationship problems, work stress, family crisis, financial setback, or
any unwelcome life change can also trigger a depressive episode, understandably.
The immediate social and intimate environments can also be the cause of the reaction. Also, certain
events & holidays, such as Christmas can bring on a temporary depression. So will bereavement
Some forms of depression are actually anger that is "masked" or suppressed.
Very often, a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors are involved in the
development of depressive disorders, as well as other psychological problems.
As you can see, there are more non-physical "causes" listed here, than physical ones. Yet, commonly
only the physical ones seem to be the ones focussed on by many therapists - who prescribe drugs that
absolutely will do nothing for the non-physical causes (at best, they are symptom treatment only, in
those instances. On the other hand, the physiological is not my field; mine deals with the "less explored
and considered" causes. If that is what you are dealing with, I am available for assistance.
|If you feel you are suffering from Depression - or Anxiety
- contact your healthcare provider, please. Or perhaps I may of assistance.
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The general short introduction
The reality is, as with many mental/emotional/spiritual reactions, that a variety of factors may/
will be involved. We have already seen, that it is not known exactly what causes depression.