Depression, also known as clinical depression, or major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition that results in constant feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness within clients. It is normal to go through sad periods in one’s lifetime, but clinical depression is more than just feeling down. Unfortunately, the common advice to “cheer up” or “just be happy” is insufficient in dealing with the complexities of clinical depression. At Excel, we recognize that it’s a legitimate medical condition and, as such, requires compassionate and professional intervention.
Clinical depression can be triggered by a number of different events or circumstances over the course of a lifetime. Depression can be caused by the imbalance of the levels of three particular neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. There are also a number of other factors that can contribute to clinical depression, such as:
Having a history of depression within your family
It is not known what particular gene causes depression, but it is understood that a history of clinical depression within a family can increase the likelihood of developing it.
Having a certain type of personality
Certain types of people are more prone to developing clinical depression, specifically people who suffer from low self-esteem or are very critical of themselves and their achievements. These personality traits may be inherited or developed early on life due to external forces.
Some women develop clinical depression after giving birth, due to the severity of the shifting hormones in their body, as well as the increased responsibility of a child.
Feelings of isolation
Feeling lonely and isolating yourself from family and friends, as well as missing out on responsibilities such as school or work, can contribute to clinical depression.
Abusing drugs and alcohol can contribute to clinical depression, especially due to the changing levels of neurotransmitters in the brain as a result of substance use. Since drugs and alcohol affect the chemistry of the brain, it is not recommended to abuse them if you suffer from clinical depression.
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