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Misdiagnosis of Hidden Causes of Depression

Underlying conditions list:

The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Depression includes:

  • Depression may be directly related to a significant event in our lives such as losing a loved one, experiencing trauma, or battling a chronic illness. Other caused may involve:
  • Pre-menstrual and postnatal hormone changes
  • Hormone deficiencies
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug dependency
  • Low levels of neurotransmitters
  • Genetic basis
  • Drug use
  • Drug abuse
  • Substance induced mood disorder
  • Post partum
  • Social factors
  • Psychological factors

Other underlying conditions related to Depression:

Source: Diseases Database

Depression as a complication:

Other conditions that might have Depression as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Depression as a complication includes:

Depression as a symptom:

Conditions listing Depression as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions.

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Discussion of underlying conditions of Depression:

Depression: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Scientists also think that some illnesses themselves can bring about depression. These include Parkinsonís disease, stroke, and hormonal disorders such as thyroid disease. (Source: excerpt from Depression: NWHIC)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): NWHIC (Excerpt)

Depression or mood swings also are common in women with PCOS. Although more research is needed to find out about this link, there are studies linking depression to diabetes. Therefore, in PCOS, depression may be related to insulin resistance. It also could be a result of the hormonal imbalances and the cosmetic symptoms of the condition. (Source: excerpt from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): NWHIC)

Depression: NIMH (Excerpt)

In recent years, researchers have shown that physical changes in the body can be accompanied by mental changes as well. Medical illnesses such as stroke, a heart attack, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and hormonal disorders can cause depressive illness, making the sick person apathetic and unwilling to care for his or her physical needs, thus prolonging the recovery period. Also, a serious loss, difficult relationship, financial problem, or any stressful (unwelcome or even desired) change in life patterns can trigger a depressive episode. Very often, a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors is involved in the onset of a depressive disorder. Later episodes of illness typically are precipitated by only mild stresses, or none at all. (Source: excerpt from Depression: NIMH)

If You're Over 65 and Feeling Depressed Treatment Brings New Hope: NIMH (Excerpt)

Long-term or sudden illnesses can bring on or aggravate depression. Strokes, certain types of cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and hormonal disorders are examples of illnesses that may be related to depressive disorders. (Source: excerpt from If You're Over 65 and Feeling Depressed Treatment Brings New Hope: NIMH)

Depression A Serious but Treatable Illness -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Scientists also think some illnesses can cause depression. These include Parkinson's disease, stroke, and hormonal disorders. (Source: excerpt from Depression A Serious but Treatable Illness -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

About underlying conditions:

With a diagnosis of Depression, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Depression. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Depression. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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