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What are common triggers of major depression (clinical depression)?

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Some common triggers or causes of major depression include:

  • Loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or separation
  • Social isolation or feelings of being deprived
  • Major life changes -- moving, graduation, job change, retirement
  • Personal conflicts in relationships, either with a significant other or a superior
  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

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