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8 Strange Reasons That Cause Depression

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Do you feel irrationally low most of the times? Do you feel a strong sense of hopelessness and dejection engulfing your thoughts? These could be a few symptoms of depression, which must not be ignored.

Depression has become quite a common mental ailment these days. In fact, most of us would know someone who has suffered from it.

Due to the competitive lifestyles, work pressure, unhealthy habits, genetic tendencies, chemical imbalance in the brain, etc, many people experience varying degrees of depression.

Depression has many types and forms, in worst-case scenarios, one of the symptoms of depression can be suicidal tendencies, so it should not be taken lightly.

Depression can be treated with intensive cognitive therapy sessions, psychoanalysis and prescription drugs.

Since the symptoms of depression involve social withdrawal, anxiety, extreme fatigue, hopelessness, etc, it can seriously hamper a person's daily routine.

Carrying on with normal things like jobs, social events, family interactions, etc, could become tedious for people suffering from depression.

Most of us already know about the common cause for depression, but there are a few strange reasons that may lead to depression in people. Read about them, here!


Excessive Use Of Smartphones

A research claims that if you are hooked on to your smartphones at all times, and feel that you cannot function without them, you might be more prone to depression, as this habit is known to increase restlessness and anxiety.


Bad Posture

If you are the one to slouch, then it may mean that you might be more prone to negative thoughts, leading to depression, is what a study has concluded. Sitting upright and walking with your shoulders straight is known to be a sign of positivity.


Not Enough Caffeine

This is a strange one, but many studies have claimed that caffeine can boost your mood to some extent and stimulate the brain to function well. But, excess consumption of caffeine can be harmful to your health as well.


Addiction To Social Media

This is another new-age cause for depression. Experts say that spending too much time on social media can make a person socially withdrawn and unable to interact well with people in real-life situation. Also, social media can make it seem like people are happier than they seem, causing the viewer to develop feelings of envy and jealousy


Being In Toxic Relationships

If you are in a relationship that is emotionally abusive and you still continue to stay in such an environment, it might disturb your mental peace, causing anxiety and depression.



Many researchers have opined that smoking can lead to depression, as it affects the functioning of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible in producing dopamine and serotonin, which are mood-regulating hormones.


Summer Weather

Studies have shown that people who are already prone to depressive tendencies might succumb to the disorder, mostly in summers, known as seasonal affective disorders (SAD), which are more common during summers.


Putting Off Things

Procrastination can also lead to depression, as goals go unachieved, leading to loss of self-esteem and confidence. When your confidence takes a blow, you are more prone to depressive tendencies.

Read more about: health, mental health, depression, smoking
Story first published: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 20:00 [IST]
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