Where does Depression Get It’s Power

What causes depression? It is more complex than you think.

According to Beyond Blue,”Depression usually results from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors, rather than one immediate issue or event.”(https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/what-causes-depression) Many things contribute to the development of this condition.

Genetics

 Genes affect how your brain works.According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information,”Twin studies suggest a heritability of 40% to 50%, and family studies indicate a twofold to threefold increase in lifetime risk of developing MDD among first-degree relatives.”(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC30) This means that if your parents have a depressive disorder, you may also develop one at some point.

Childhood trauma

An easygoing childhood with little stress also cuts the risk of depression. Abuse from a parent can make a difference between becoming a well-adjusted adult and not .”Early-life stress appears to radically alter neurobiological systems involved in the pathophysiology of depression.”(https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/childhood-trauma-and-depression) Brain pathways are distorted by excessive fear and pain,and it ultimately has an effect on how well a person can cope with a particular stressor in the future.

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