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There is no single cause for depression.  Most conventional health professionals, especially psychiatrists, believe that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body, or by hereditary causes.  In these cases, their recommended treatment method focuses on changing the chemical balance in the body by prescribing anti-depressants.

This “band-aid” approach has caused many depressed individuals to become more depressed because the core issues are not dealt with.  As a result, patients may mistakenly ask their psychiatrists to prescribe higher dosages or more varieties of anti-depressants.  Anti-depressants have a wide range of side effects, including dry mouth, sleeping disorders, fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, etc., which can make the sufferers even more depressed.  A vicious circle ensues.

Based on my clinical observation, there are many situational changes in life that can cause depression, such as loss of loved ones, loss of job, relationship break-ups, illness (loss of health), unsuccessful business (loss of income and/or business esteem), loss of self-confidence, etc.   Depression is actually caused by one major reason: feeling of some sort of loss, or feeling of being “stuck” or “trapped.”

Even if the diagnosis of depression is genetic in nature, if the individual can change the life situation, the effect of the so called “genetic factor” or “chemical imbalance” can be minimized or eradicated.

In the next article, I will discuss the holistic, drug-free treatment for depression. 

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