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What causes depression?

The exact cause of depression is not known. It is thought to occur because of changes in the level of certain chemicals in your brain that are responsible for mood. Depression can sometimes be triggered by stressful life events, such as the passing of a loved one, losing a job or experiencing relationship troubles.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Bipolar disorder

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