The causes for depression are not fully understood, however it is believed that it is a mixture of two or more of biological and genetic factors, environmental influences and childhood or developmental events. Even for someone who suffers depression as a result of biological factors for example past on by a parent or grandparent usually has another factor influencing that depression. A person may have a biological clinical depression, but certain environmental influences as a child may contribute to that depression as well. The causes of clinical depression will most likely be different for most people. The following is what is known or theorized about clinical depression.
Everyone at some point in time in their life suffers from depression. Sometimes the depression is influenced by an outside event such as the loss of a loved one or two manic event. For most people the depressive state passes after a period of time and the person gets over the depression. However, for those that suffer from clinical depression the depression continues for long periods of time. Depression and bipolar disorders tend to be associated with certain groups of people and this is categorized as risk factors.
The first risk factor is in gender. In the United States women are more likely to be diagnosed with depressive disorder than men. About 20 to 25% of women will experience a serious state of depression at least once in their lifetime as opposed to 12% of men. The same holds true among children. When young girls reach adolescence they do have a tendency to become more depressed than boys. There are several known theories as to why more women are diagnosed with depression than men.
The first theory is that women are more likely to seek treatment that men are. The reason for this is that they are more likely to accept that they are going through emotional symptoms of depression and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. Whereas men are more likely to suppress their emotions and feelings, and are less willing to accept the emotions for what they are. It is also theorized that women are under more stress than men. In this day and age women have more to juggle in their lives between home and work with their duties and responsibilities.
Women who are divorced or separated or in an unhappy marriage tend to have higher rates of major depression the rates are lower for those who are happily married. Clinical depression will usually occur between the ages of 20 and 50 however, those over 65 may be especially prone to depression. For anyone who has had major depression in the past has a higher chance for developing it again. Anyone who has had relatives who have had clinical depression have a higher chance of developing clinical depression themselves.