The Real Causes Of Depression Have Been Discovered, And They’re Not What You Think

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The Real Causes Of Depression Have Been Discovered, And They’re Not What You Think

Written by: Emilyn Gil

There is a belief about depression widely excepted by doctors that is actually almost entirely FALSE.

This belief is that those with depression have a chemical imbalance in their brain that can be resolved with prescription drugs. Now, you’ve probably heard this before whether you have gone to a doctor for depression yourself or not. Let me explain why this is wrong.

Scientists measure depression using the Hamilton Scale, which is a rating from 0 to 59 where the higher the rating, the higher the depression and suicidal tendencies. Getting a good night’s sleep lowers your score by about 6 points, while taking anti-depressant medication lowers your score – on average – by only 1.8 points. In other words, barely any change at all.

Now, that’s not to say that taking medication isn’t the way to go for everyone. For some people it may help a great deal and become a great solution for them. However, for the majority of those with depression, it may not help at all.



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So if your depression isn’t caused by a chemical imbalance, what may be the cause? And what can you do about it?

Behind The Scenes Of Your Depression

The concept behind this newly discovered cause of depression was actually found by scientist Dr. Vincent Felitti when studying obesity.

Obesity And Childhood Trauma

Dr. Felitti created a successful program to help his severely overweight patients reach a healthy weight. His method worked miraculously, until he found that those who were most successful in the program at first, later developed depression, panic and rage and some even became suicidal. Many quit the program and gained back all their weight.

Dr. Felitti was completely confused. But when talking with one of his patients about her experience, she mentioned something that made him think. She said that when she was obese, men had never hit on her. But when she started to reach a healthy weight during the program, she was propositioned by a man. She ran away from the situation and went back to her compulsive eating habits.

As they began talking more, she also confessed that she had started gaining weight at 11 years old, the same age that her grandfather began to rape her. Felitti later found out that of the 183 people in the program, 55 percent had also been sexually abused.

Where Depression Comes In

After finding this shocking news, Felitti continued to study this idea. Dr. Felitti found that people who had seven types of traumatic childhood events were 3,100 percent more likely to attempt suicide as an adult and 4,000 percent more likely to be an injecting drug user.

These results were astounding. Traumatic childhood experiences have influenced adult depression on a larger scale than was ever imagined.

The Reasoning Behind It

So why are those who experience violence in childhood led to self-destructive behavior like obesity, addiction, or suicide? In some way, it may be because as a child, there isn’t a lot you can do to escape certain traumatic situations. So, many children convince themselves that it is their fault. By doing so, you then have power over the situation – at least in your mind. If something is your fault, then there is a glimmer of hope that you can do something to change it.

However, if you believe that the situation is somehow your fault, that means you also have to believe that you deserve it. And that is what can really tear you up inside.

Make A Change

If you suffer from depression and have traumatic childhood experiences haunting you from the past, THERE IS STILL HOPE. Here are 3 things you can do to make it better, one day at a time.

1. Acknowledge The Event

If you have had traumatic experiences in your past, chances are you have repressed them for a period of time. The only way to move on from that event is to acknowledge that it happened and accept that you were not responsible for it.

2. Share The Experience

Find someone or a group of people that you trust and share the experience with them. Sometimes even the act of voicing what happened in the past can lift a huge weight from your shoulders. Seek support from a family member, a friend, a counselor, a support group and turn to them whenever you need to talk.

3. Be Patient

Being seriously hurt as a child causes the development of defense mechanisms, deeply negative emotions and warped perceptions. These are habits and mannerisms that can be hard to heal from, but it is possible with time. Be patient and seek support from therapists or support groups that can help you make the changes you need to regain control of your life.

You Are Amazing

Depression can be brutal, especially if you don’t know the cause, or how to treat it. But hope is not lost. You can get through this, because you are AMAZING. You are WORTH IT. And I promise you, there are people all around you to help you get through this. So give these steps a try, reach out and you may be surprised at how many people are and will always be there for you.

And remember, we’re in this together.

Emilyn Gil

Emilyn Gil

Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, napping, and spending time with family. She likes monkeys, homemade rolls, and the color yellow. She has traveled to Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, and currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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