3 Startling Causes Of Depression

There are many causes of depression and you may not know all of them. In fact, everyday habits that you may be doing could be causing some symptoms of the condition. Check this out:

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1. Smoking

Did you know that smoking has been linked to depression? Experts are unsure of whether or not the smoking causes depression or if people who smoke are depressed. Nicotine, however, can affect neurotransmitter activity in the brain, which can result in increased levels of serotonin and dopamine, chemicals that are also found in antidepressants.

This may explain why it’s so hard to quit smoking, as well as the moody symptoms that come with withdrawal. In order to fix this, you should steer clear from cigarettes and remain smoke-free to help balance our your brain chemicals.

2. Lack Of Sleep

Most of us know that being sleep-deprived can lead to irritability, but what many of us don’t know is that it can lead to depression, too. In a 2007 study, it was found that when healthy people were deprived of sleep, they had increased brain activity after looking at upsetting images than well-rested people, which is much like the reaction that depressed patients have. “If you don’t sleep, you don’t have time to replenish [brain cells], the brain stops functioning well” says Matthew Edlund, M.D., director of the Center for Circadian Medicine.  This breakdown in the functioning of the brain often leads to depression. 

3. Ending Of TV shows

Believe it or not, the ending of TV shows can spark depression in people. Get this- in 2009, some “Avatar” fans said they felt depressed and even suicidal because the movie’s imaginary world wasn’t real. There was a similar reaction to the ending of the Harry Potter series. “People experience distress when they’re watching primarily for companionship,” said Emily Moyer-Gusé, Ph.D.  On some level, it feels like we are saying goodbye to long-term friends.  It’s not hard to understand how something so pivotal could cause depression. 



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