We have a lot more to learn about the root causes of depression, but it’s clear that depression has a genetic component. Relatives of a depressed person are at higher risk of developing the disorder. Additionally, depression can be linked to certain life experiences.
- Childhood abuse or trauma increases the risk of depression (although everyone can develop depression, including people with happy childhoods).
- Stressful events, such as losses, conflicts and big changes in life make us more vulnerable to depression.
- A poor diet increases the risk of depression (Read more about An easily digested guide to diet and depression – How to eat your way out of depression).
- Poor sleep quality increases the risk of depression (Read more about All you need to know about depression and sleep).