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On Monday a friend asked me how my weekend had been. The truth was that I had been depressed for most of the weekend: So the weekend seemed long, empty, and dark. When I began describing my weekend in terms that reflected how bad it felt, I found that my sadness deepened. Note to self: telling stories about sadness can sometimes make it worse! What are you telling yourself today that might be making you sad, lowering your energy, etc?

By India Court MacWeeney
Weekly Help for Depression Recovery
Causes of Depression

It was surprising to see how people responded to our question about the biggest cause of their depression. In my experience it seems popular for individuals to say that their depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance" in their brains. The largest number of our respondents in our poll said that trauma, death of a loved one or stress brought it on.

Trauma is indeed a cause of depression. The most severe version of can be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Stress or anxiety can lead to depression because of the dysfunctional or distorted thinking that often accompanies both.   Read More »
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