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Causes of Depressive disorders

List of causes of Depressive disorders

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Depressive disorders) that could possibly cause Depressive disorders includes:

  • Familial
  • Psychological - Stressful events, as perceived by the individual - job loss, relationship failure, identity change, natural disaster, learned helplessness and hopelessness, extreme feelings, negative thinking patterns.
  • Social- Environment influences the disorder 60-80% of the time
  • Marital problems - in women it can cause depression because they value intimate relationships so much; for men they may withdraw from the relationship
  • Parenting styles
  • Fluctuating levels of Serotonin or Cortisol

Depressive disorders Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Depressive disorders:

Depressive disorders Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Depressive disorders: Women 2:1 men....more »

Gender Profile of Depressive disorders: Nearly twice as many women (12.0 percent) as men (6.6 percent) are affected by a depressive disorder each... (Source: excerpt from The Numbers Count: NIMH) ...more »

Depressive disorders: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Depressive disorders, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Depressive disorders:

Depressive disorders: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Depressive disorders: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Depressive disorders:

Causes of Broader Categories of Depressive disorders: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Medical news summaries relating to Depressive disorders:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Depressive disorders:

Related information on causes of Depressive disorders:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Depressive disorders may be found in:


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