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Sources of depression

There are very many different ways in which someone can become depressed, and there are several different views on depression that are presented later. Often a series of overwhelming life events coming soon, one after the other, will result in a depressive reaction; or it can come (most frequently) from a build-up of general life stresses. If the source is essentially outside of the self, it is called “exogenous” or “reactive” depression.

With other people, depression can occur after a particular illness (flu or a viral infection), or after a pregnancy, or as a result of the menopause, or as a side effect of medications, all of which indicate a more internal origin (endogenous). Some people are slightly more genetically disposed to having a depression. It can also be an aspect of their character that they have developed during the course of their life. For most people it is a combination of things that accumulate, with possibly one major event (like bereavement or a loss) that will trigger the onset of the depression.

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