The Origin of CLinical Depression

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Zurkhardo, Aug 3, 2009.


What is the origin or basis of Depression?

  1. Chemical/Biological

    2 vote(s)
  2. Enviornmental (society, climate, color, etc)

    3 vote(s)
  3. Genetic

    0 vote(s)
  4. Emotional (i.e. it's all in your head)

    0 vote(s)
  5. All of the Above

    10 vote(s)
  6. Some of the Above (please explain)

    5 vote(s)
  7. Not Sure

    2 vote(s)
  8. Other (please explain)

    0 vote(s)
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  1. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    A reboot of the previous thread, which had a few technical issues (thank you Xan and Justme).

    I am asking specifically of the origin of Clinical Depression, i.e. the formal medical condition. I understand even that type is subject to interpretation and subjectivity, but it is the best I can do right now, given the contentiousness and malleability of this issue. Basically I'm talking about the long-term, severe sort of depression, as opposed to a few days of melancholy or low mood, which are normal (unless frequent, at which point it is consisted Clinical Depression).
  2. Account Closed

    Dude stop spamming!
    Depression is a general word for many issues
    from social to love to financial or sexual, whatever, they all can trigger depression
  3. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    I think environmental :dunno:
  4. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    Re-posting a thread isn't spamming, it's rectifying past mistakes. If I could have edited or deleted the last attempt I would have (if I can, then someone show me how).

    If that's your response, then there you go, that's what I'm looking: input, which I appreciate.
  5. foxwithwings13

    foxwithwings13 Well-Known Member

    I think it could be a number of things. But in my case I think it's enviromental.
  6. Hurted

    Hurted Well-Known Member

    All those:

    Enviornmental (society, climate, color, etc)
  7. attack_amazon

    attack_amazon Well-Known Member

    If you go with the diasthesis-stress model, then you are born with certain genetic predispositions and the environment you lived in early on in life equips you with a certain way of viewing the world and yourself. Then, you encounter some kind of stress, and depending on how that stress interacts with your genetic and envornmental factors, sometimes you crop up with depression or any number of things. Some people have a lower threshold than others, some people have extremely high thresholds, neither of which has any bearing on how "strong" a person you are. It's like having a family history of heart disease, never being taught how to eat healthy, and then going through a really high period of job or family stress that causes you to have a heart attack.
  8. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    I didn't see a spiritual option. I think that ultimately our separation from God will always cause some level of depression.
  9. Remedy

    Remedy Chat & Forum Buddy

    Voted: all of the above. I think in my case it's mostly environmental but both my mother and uncle have suffered from severe depression so genetics probably play a part.
  10. xan

    xan Chat Buddy

    I don't think environmental can actually be one... even though it's the one most people picked... The difference between depression and clinical depression is that the clinical kind is not affected by environmental changes...
  11. Mikeintx

    Mikeintx Well-Known Member

    I like this example... sums up my feelings pretty accurately.
  12. Entoloma43

    Entoloma43 Well-Known Member

    Hey - take a look around the world. If God exists, he's one evil bastard. War, poverty, disease, bacteria, natural disasters, rape, torture, starvation, etc...

    Let me ask you this:

    If YOU were God, would you sit back and watch billions suffer horrendously when you could alleviate everything by less effort it than takes to blink?
  13. iKarma

    iKarma Well-Known Member

    Then you take away free-will. Something that God wanted humans to have. I am atheist so please don't think I am a bible thumper.
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