Causes of depression

There is no simple answer as to what causes depression. The reasons a person experiences depression can be complex and varied. And, the different types of depression can be caused by a diverse combination of reasons.

In fact, “depression is most likely due to a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors”. Individuals may also experience depression when there is no obvious reason or trigger.

The causes of depression can be categorised into the following:

  1. Genetic predisposition
  2. Biochemical disruption or depletion
  3. Ageing
  4. Illness
  5. Stress Events