Having a family history of depression
Depression can also be hereditary, or passed down from parent to child. Researchers are still unsure as to why this happens, but they believe that a certain combination of genes might be responsible.
Certain personality traits are also believed to be more predisposed to having depression more than others. Traits such as having low self-esteem, or being overly critical of oneself can increase a person’s risk for depression. Being overly neurotic, or having the tendency to worry about things in ways beyond reason, is also a predisposing factor to depression.
These personality traits can be the result of events in the past, or they can also be genetic.
Coming to terms with traumatic or stressful events is difficult for people to do. Whenever a loved one dies, or a relationship fails, this can increase a person’s risk of being depressed.
It is important to know that depression is not caused by just one traumatic event. However, a traumatic event can trigger a depressive state. People who have a higher risk of being depressed are more prone to depression caused by traumatic events.
Pregnancy and birth
Pregnancy also causes a lot of hormonal changes in women, which can increase their risk for depression. Aside from this, some women develop anxiety about being a mother or are worried if they would be able to care for their child. These feelings, combined with hormonal changes, can also trigger depression.
Alcohol and drug use
Some people tend to lean on alcohol and drug use in order to cope with their problems. But instead of helping, these habits only serve to make their depression worse. Drinking alcohol and using drugs can affect a person’s brain chemistry, which can increase their risk for depression.
Too much alcohol and drug use can also alienate a person from their loved ones, and this can trigger depression.
Here’s how depression can affect you: