Why do people get depression?

There is no set reason as to why people become depressed or get diagnosed as clinically depressed. There are multiple factors that vary from person to person.

Depression affects everyone between different ages, gender, race, economic standpoint, and sexuality. Some of these reasons can be attributed to genetics, brain chemistry, environment, hormones, or a combination of those. 


Genetics can be responsible for depression. Depression can be hereditary. Overall, research does show that depression runs in families. Some family members will inherit genes that contribute to depression. That being said, not everyone who has a family history of depression will inherit this condition. Likewise, those without a family history of depression could be just as likely to become depressed. Other biological factors such as improper brain chemistry and neurology can induce depression.


Health, hormones, stress, and nutrient deficiencies can lead to depression. Using drugs or alcohol can affect the brain’s chemistry thereby generating depression through stress and hormonal changes. Also, things like vitamin B deficiency, amino acid deficiency, inflammation, and oxidation can have an adverse affect on the levels of healthy neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin (chemical that produces happiness) thus resulting in depression. Also, things like lack of sleep, unhealthy diet or lack of exercise can induce depression symptoms. In all, there can be numerous health problems ranging from a minor health deficiency to cancer that can contribute to mental illnesses such as depression. Other mental illnesses or disorders can contribute to depression directly through neurological abnormalities or indirectly through psychological thought processes or behavior.

Brain Chemistry:

Brain chemistry or more specifically neurotransmitters that help send chemical messages between nerve cells in the brain can produce depression. These neurotransmitters can be of low supply which regulate mood, behavior, appetite, sleep cycle, and brain function – therefore with a low supply of neurotransmitters in the brain, depression can result. This affects psychological thoughts and impulses resulting in negative thinking, negative mood, and negative behavior.


Family and social environments can lead to depression. Do you have unhealthy family ties or an unhealthy friend base? A negative atmosphere in these two aspects such as peer-pressure, harassment, or poverty can make you become depressed as they produce stress, unwanted hormonal changes, and negative impulses. Societal impacts/views can also generate depression when these views become the norm and become extremely popular when they are in fact wrong or politically incorrect.

In all, there are many causes to depression and no one-type cause. It is a mix of your environment you put yourself in, the environment you can’t control, biology, health, chemistry, psychological factors, neurology, and any combination of those.

There are also different depression types that stem from different causes.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where your depression may come from. Nonetheless, it is important to understand symptoms and signs of this disease in order to take proper measures to treat it.

Chances are if you are depressed, you feel isolated, alone, and that you may have ongoing negative thoughts that constantly feed you with the idea that you may never go anywhere with your life or that no one will ever appreciate you. But fortunately, there are natural cures to depression. Don’t jump on the bandwagon that you need prescribed medication. They do work, but come with nasty side-effects and can take a while weeks or months to kick in if you do find the right one your first go-around. Take a look at natural activities you can implement in your life to help fight your depression.

There are also many natural supplements you can take that come with very limited side-effects and you can purchase through any drug store or online stores such as Amazon. Take a look at my natural supplements I recommend and review.

Symptoms of Depression:

Are you clinically depressed? Do you feel that your depression is too overwhelming that it makes it difficult to cope with life’s every day tasks? This is extremely unhealthy and can prevent you from living a functional, healthy, and normal life. Here are the symptoms of depression:

  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Appetite loss
  • Sleep impairment or insomnia
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment, or worthlessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of joy in things you once found joyful
  • Difficulty performing everyday routines (cleaning, cooking, eating healthy)
  • Becoming anti-social
  • Isolating yourself from family and friends
  • Anxiety
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Overeating
  • Desire to drink or use drugs
  • Headaches

Please, I urge you to fight your depression. You are in a battle with your mind. Beat this. Win the battle. You are worthy. You are good enough. You are going somewhere. People need you in their lives. You will get better. If you have hit rock-bottom, there is only going up from there! 

If you or someone you know is battling depression, please seek the help you need.

Suicide Hotline:

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please comment below if you ever want to connect. I live to help people as I too have experience with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I wish I would have been able to see this post a few months ago as I had battled anxiety and depression through a hormonal change. I was totally unaware what was happening until it was explained to me and through a little bit of time, I felt better. It’s good to know there are people like you out there that are helping people like me understand more about depression. Thanks for posting!

    • I am so happy I could help Kathy. If you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask me. Thanks for reaching out!

  2. This is a good overview of depression symptoms. I’m glad people are finally starting to take depression seriously as a thing. Sadly, I think the opioid and prescription drug abuse crisis has contributed to people finally taking mental health seriously. That’s sad, because how many people had to die before we admitted that depression was a serious mental health disorder?

    • Hi Penny. I am glad I could help. You are right. Back in the day, there was such a stigma around mental illness and no one took it seriously. I am glad that is changing but we still have a lot of work to do.

  3. Hi, Rob! Thank you for sharing this useful information! You are helping people to understand.
    There was a time in my life when I was close to a depression. So I fully understand how bad it could be.
    Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Linda, glad I could help. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask!

  4. This is an excellent website for anyone battling anxiety and/or depression. I highly recommend it as an excellent source of information and self help.

  5. Hi Robbie. Outstanding website ! If ever there was a website that adds value to people’s lives then this is the one. I have never had depression but thanks for telling me what it’s all about. A real eye-opener for me. Thanks for this and thank you for all the help you have given and are giving me on this WA journey we are taking together. It’s all one-way at the moment but I hope to help you out too sometime. You’re just so much more clued up than what I am 🙂
    Chat again later.
    Your friend,

    • Thank you Roy. Much appreciated. So happy I could be informative and my pleasure with all the help. We all stat somewhere and for some it takes longer than others, but we all eventually see the light! Take your time and take one day at a time. It’s okay if you just have to focus on yourself and your content, keep up the good work!

  6. Speaking from experience, I can cosine to every thing you have written here. You speak correctly on all points. Pulling someone out of depression is a process. A depressed person needs help from loved one’s. They have to understand that their loved one’s are in a state of isolation that is compounded by their loved one’s feeding off of everything that is wrong in their life.

    • Yes, depression takes time to heal. It is not cured over night. It needs respect, attention, support, and awareness. Loved-ones need to check on their family and make sure they are okay. Anyone can fall victim to depression. There is always hope. We can beat this together!

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