Depression is a condition that can affect anyone at any time, no matter how old or young. It’s a complex illness that’s caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors.


Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety can be experienced in varying intensities from slight to overwhelming. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is not the same as fear but occurs together with it.

Anxiety may appear similar to panic disorder in that one may feel anxious about experiencing a panic attack; however, anxiety attacks are shorter and tend to be less severe than panic attacks. They also tend to be specific to certain stimuli; for example: social situations (e.g., public speaking) or specific phobias (e.g., spider phobia). Thoughts related to social anxieties are often distorted (e.g., “I am boring”), and individuals who experience these thoughts may believe that others will reject them or ridicule them for those fears and concerns.

For some people, these thoughts may lead to avoidance behaviors; however, others seek out activities they find comforting (e.g., exercise), which can sometimes create a cycle where avoidance feeds into itself by making it harder for someone struggling with anxiety-related issues.[9]

Drug abuse

Drug abuse is another cause of depression. Drug abuse can lead to depression because drugs affect the brain, which in turn affects how you think and feel. Drugs can also cause changes in the brain that lead to depression, such as when you have withdrawal symptoms after using them.

Prior trauma or abuse

A history of abuse is a risk factor for depression and other mental health disorders. Abuse can be physical, emotional or sexual. Abuse can also come from a family member, friend or partner, or someone you don’t know at all (e.g., stranger). The type and duration of abuse you’ve experienced will impact your mental health and the ways in which it affects your life today. For example:

  • If your abuser was someone who knew you well (like a relative) and had power over you (for example, the person was an authority figure), then this abuse may have been ongoing over time and may have happened repeatedly throughout your childhood or adolescent years. This type of experience could lead to feelings of low self-worth which can cause depression later in life when things don’t go as planned, such as when graduating high school but not getting into college right away
  • If the abuser was another child who bullied you at school because they were bigger than you were—for example, being picked on by an older sibling—then that kind of bullying might cause some depression later on when dealing with other people who are meaner than them

Poor nutrition and digestive problems

You can make a distinct difference in how you feel by changing the way you eat.

Do not consume too much sugar and refined carbohydrates (breads, pasta, etc.). These foods may give you an initial boost of energy, but after a few hours or so your blood sugar will drop again—and this is when depression symptoms tend to peak. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine as they are both stimulants that can worsen anxiety and irritability.

On the other hand, eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for maintaining good health since they contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help protect cells from damage by free radicals —the harmful byproducts of cellular respiration. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach are especially rich in folate while bananas provide potassium; both nutrients have been shown to improve mood conditions in some studies (1).

It’s also important not to skip meals: fasting has been linked with symptoms like fatigue because it causes blood sugar levels to drop more sharply than normal! If there isn’t enough fuel entering your system at regular intervals throughout the day then you’ll end up feeling exhausted even though technically speaking we all need less food than ever before due largely thanks advances made during industrialization processes over recent centuries–therefore eating small portions often rather than large ones once per day would probably work better overall health-wise since we’ve now reached levels where we need only minimal amounts each time–but that doesn’t mean people wouldn’t benefit just fine from more frequent meals if able achieve them easily without causing stressors like hunger pains…

Chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease

Chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, can cause depression. In fact, many chronic medical conditions are known to be associated with depression—the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that up to half of all people living with a chronic physical illness also suffer from depression. Depression can also be a symptom of some medical conditions. For example, one study found that nearly half of those diagnosed with congestive heart failure reported feeling depressed or having symptoms relathow it affects you or someone you love experiencing this condition can help you better understand how best to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Genetic factors or family history of depression

Just like with other mental illnesses, it’s important to know that many factors will contribute to depression. For example, genetics are a big part of it—but not in the sense that you might think. You might have heard someone say “I’m genetically predisposed to depression,” as if they had no control over their own mental health. But this isn’t true at all! In fact, genetic factors can help us understand why some people are more likely than others to develop depression—but they don’t mean we’re helpless when it comes to affecting our own wellness.

The truth is that our brains respond differently depending on many different factors: our environment and upbringing; how our bodies react physically; how we process information; even how well we sleep each night (the list goes on). So while there may be certain kinds of genes that make people more susceptible than others when exposed to certain environments or experiences (like family members who suffer from depression), there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for what causes or prevents us from feeling depressed at any given time in our lives.

Understand yourself then you can understand the world.

  • Understand yourself then you can understand the world.
  • Understanding yourself is the first step to fixing your problems.
  • Understanding yourself is the first step to happiness.
  • Understanding yourself is the first step to making a difference in the world.


If you are experiencing depression, it is important to recognize that it is not your fault and there is no shame in seeking help. We hope our list of causes has helped you gain some insight into what might be triggering your symptoms and given you some ideas on how best to approach treatment options.www.masterofawareness.com

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