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The Causes of Depression

There are a few different things that may cause depression. These things may appear to be small and insignificant, but these “little” things add up to big things that directly impact a person’s mental health. This is often why someone may not notice their loved one’s depression, these “little” things slip through the cracks. It’s important for someone who has depression (and someone who cares about someone with depression) to be aware of the causes.

This helps you recognize when you may be falling into a depressive episode, as well as how to work through the episode. Ryan Hatch, author of “Depression’s many causes” for TIME Magazine states that “not everyone becomes depressed in the same way—or for the same reasons.” This is true. Follow along with Villa Tranquil Recovery as we go over the many causes of depression.

Age and Gender

Depression does not discriminate. Depression doesn’t care how old you are or what gender you identify as. It doesn’t care about what kind of clothes you wear or what kind of car you drive or what job title you hold. Depression impacts everyone, from every walk of life.

Of course, there are some age groups and genders that are impacted more often, but everyone can deal with depression at some point. As for age, depression can come for anyone. There is a common misconception that young people, teenagers, and young adults, cannot possibly suffer from depression because they do not have the responsibilities that older adults have. This is false.

We know that depression can lead to suicide. For young people between the ages of 10 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death, says Hatch. This can happen because of massive changes in school, work life, and relationships.

Hormones are also at an all-time high during these formative years. Young people also do not possess the coping skills learned throughout a lifetime. But on the flip side, older adults also deal with depression as they enter retirement and begin a new stage of life.

Age can impact depression, but keep in mind that it doesn’t discriminate. Men, women, and those who identify as non-binary can all be hit by depression. Again, depression does not discriminate. There are trends, however. Hatch says that “women are roughly twice as likely as men to develop [depression].”

Those who bear children are also more likely to experience depression post-partum. This is a type of depression that comes along after someone has given birth. While anyone can experience depression, women are the group that experiences it the most.

Genetic Predisposition

“Your personal software—your genome—has a role in virtually everything about you, including your susceptibility to depression,” says Hatch. Those whose family reports depression have a risk that is five times more likely to develop the same condition. There isn’t a single gene for depression, but your overall makeup can certainly impact your mental health.


Trauma is another cause of depression that is major. For those who deal with trauma, they are so much more likely to develop depression and other mental health issues, including substance abuse. Depression can come about after trauma as an inability to process and deal with, in a healthy way, the trauma that the person has experienced. The nurture part of the “nature versus nurture” argument is huge.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you because we know that depression doesn’t discriminate. We also know that no one chooses to have depression. We are here for you. Call us today at 214-799-3080 for more information about the programs we offer. We can’t wait to hear from you!