Everyone gets sad from time to time. However when sadness becomes more intense and lingers for extended periods of time, it eventually turns into depression. Depression can be detrimental to one’s physical as well as mental health.
There are many causes of depression, including biological changes such as a shortage in the number of neurotransmitters, or chemicals inside the brain. Other causes could be heredity, hormone changes, lack of social activity, chronic health conditions, physical as well as mental trauma, drugs, alcohol, and even events such as the 911 attacks in 2001. Even positive events in one’s time can cause stress that leads to depression, such as major changes in job or marital status, new home in a new location, major purchases, and other major changes in the course of one’s daily life.
Depression is a condition that occurs through no fault of the individual, nor does it occur through character flaw. Anyone can become depressed at any time. For treatment and advice for depression in the Knoxville, TN area, please see the following resources.