Depression does not have a singular root cause, as it can be triggered by various factors unique to each individual. However, some recognized risk factors and triggers for depression include:

  1. Familial Predisposition: Research indicates that depression tends to run in families, with identical twins sharing 100% of genes showing a significantly higher likelihood of both experiencing depression compared to non-identical twins.
  2. Life-changing Events: Events such as bereavement, bankruptcy, divorce, prolonged illness, relocation, job transitions, retirement, redundancy, and financial concerns can serve as potential triggers for depression.
  3. Physiological Factors: These factors, in conjunction with genetic predisposition, might amplify the risk of depression. Adverse life events could also lead to addictive behaviors like alcoholism, which can contribute to or exacerbate depression.
  4. Long-Term Illness or Painful Conditions: Conditions like arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease can be associated with depression.
  5. Depressive Personality Disorders: Certain personality or mood disorders that lower self-esteem may increase the likelihood of developing depression.
  6. Postnatal Depression: Hormonal fluctuations after childbirth can lead to postnatal depression.
  7. Drug Addiction: Substance abuse is linked to elevated levels of depression.
  8. Living Alone, Especially in Later Life: Especially among those with a genetic predisposition, living alone, particularly in later life, may act as a trigger for depression.
  9. Unknown Causes: In some cases, individuals may experience depression without a discernible cause or trigger.

 

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