What Causes Depression: Part Two

Originally posted Jan. 4, 2013.

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Last week we talked a little bit about a possible genetic connection; we also discussed the melancholy personality that is more prone to depression than the other three main personality types.  However, those two things are by no means a complete picture of the causes of depression.  Today, I think I want to talk about trauma and how it can play into depression. I don’t think I’ll be able to cover the whole picture, so hang on.  We may have to finish this one next week.

Let me remind you, if I may, of my own personal journey.  I’ve been taking Effexor for about six weeks now, and my husband tells me there’s no comparison, that I’m getting back to my “normal” self now, whatever that means 🙂  Because he had his own depression journey 16 or more years ago, he’s very sympathetic and supportive.  I’m blessed.  Not all spouses…

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2 thoughts on “What Causes Depression: Part Two

  1. I’m very grateful to you for this subject matter, which is difficult to share. Personally, I feel that medical professionals are far too quick to medicate depression; for lots of other illnesses, they prescribe soup and bed-rest, but many are reluctant to even try anything other than antidepressants. I have had more than one friend suffer lifelong addictions as a result, and never completely regain the strength to stand on their own. While I am not a zealot about this, and do recognize that antidepressants have their place, I hope that your readers will try the more challenging path of therapeutic support, first.

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