You can give your opinion and or back your reasoning up with evidence.
True depression is absolutely caused by chemical imbalances, all clinical research will back this up.
Depression can be confused with having a **** life. If you have no friends, no hobbies, no ambitions, no job, you'll probably feel depressed, but you can cure it by improving your life. True depression is feeling it even when you should be feeling pretty fine.
Low serotonin can cause depression which can cause low serotonin and so on...
Depression can cause low serotonin which can cause depression and so on...
Reasons for depression occurring can be:
Traumatic events, whether to you or to someone who you closely love
Feeling of hopelessness e.g. caused by lack of job opportunities / lack of supportive people around you / lack of necessary qualifications to achieve something you want
Shortage of identifiable role models
Superiority / inferiority complex
and so on.
Some scientists say that low serotonin as a cause of depression hasn't been proven. Giving serotonin tablets can tend to relax people who have depression but so, far more, can a good holiday, a good family outing, being given a big present etc.
Despite the glamourous(ish) image of the romantic genius being depressed in their beautiful townhouse / castle, most people with serious depression are likely to be relatively lowly paid, relatively socially disrespected- despite or because of whatever intellectual and emotional gifts they might have themselves. The worst place for such people is somewhere where other people (often lower middle class) themselves have enough ego to look down on others without enough talent or kindness to try to alleviate how their depressed neighbours feel.
Last edited by Picnic1; 5 months ago
As I understand is, depression is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, but can be triggered by external factors, e.g. major life events (divorce, bereavement, etc.), career problems, family issues and so on, hence antidepressants can only do so much to treat it if the underlying triggers aren't addressed.