What causes depression?

There is no exact cause to depression. A variety of influences include biological factors, psychological factors, a person’s individual circumstances or a particular life event. These factors include:
  • Hormonal changes in the body may be involved in causing or triggering depression. This can result with pregnancy, menopause, thyroid problems, puberty or a number of other conditions.
  • Inherited traits. Depression is more common in people with a family history of depression. 
  • Chronic anxiety disorders in childhood and puberty, combined with low self-esteem and insecurity.
  • Traumatic childhood experiences, such as abuse and neglect
  • Distressing events such as the death of a loved one 
  • Long-term stress and feeling like you can't cope
  • Lack of light. The dark fall and winter months can lead to depression 
depression causes

  • "Depression (major Depression)." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 07 July 2016. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.
  • "Depression: Overview." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 12 Jan. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017


From Our Blog: Mental Health in the Workplace
Most organizations’ health plans cover physical ailments, while mental health problems lag far behind. Serious mental illnesses cost society nearly $200 billion in lost earnings per year. Employees and employers are encouraged to think of mental health as an investment- one that’s sure to pay off in the long run. To better understand the issue at hand, check out this infographic of 7 alarming workplace mental health statistics:

mental health in the workplace infographic



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