IS depression Biological or social? Julie Cannata

350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. In the United States alone, 16 million people experienced at least one depressive episode in 2012.

Symptoms of depression include fatigue, difficulty concentrating and remembering details, feelings of hopelessness and pessimism, insomnia, overeating or appetite loss, irritability, loss of interest in activities, and more. These symptoms can be treated by seeing a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional. Antidepressants might be prescribed, or psychotherapy(“Symptoms of Depression”).

Proposed biological causes of depression are disturbances in brain function, (especially the limbic system) hormone imbalance, and heredity.

In contrast to biological factors, social causes include stressful life events, bullying, and PTSD.

the death of a loved one is a life event that commonly leads to depression.

No matter what causes someone's depression, suicide is a possibility and has warning signs. Warning signs of suicide include being depressed, talking about wanting to die, social isolation, giving away possessions, buying a gun, and a sudden change in mood.

In essence, depression is caused by a mix of biological and social factors. It is a terrible mental illness that causes distress in ample people of a range of ages.

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