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Chapter 24. Depression > Origins of Depression

Origins of Depression

Depression usually arises from high stress and/or a biological vulnerability to becoming depressed. It can be difficult to know which came first, the depression or the stress. Someone may tell a story of how his marriage deteriorated, then his work deteriorated and he lost his job, and then he became depressed. A closer look may show that the person was beginning to become depressed and that the resulting withdrawal and irritability led to problems in his marriage and work. This led to an increase in his stress and a major depression.

For some people, mood fluctuates regardless of the stresses in their life. For others, stress that would lead some to temporarily feel down sends them into a prolonged tailspin of feeling awful, being unable to concentrate, and generally functioning poorly. Another group seems to be chronically pessimistic and unable to find enjoyment in life.


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