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Do you need a reason or cause for depression? People keep asking me why I have depression and I don't have a good answer.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2020 at 7:24pm
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hopedreamlove
January 20th, 2020 3:27am
No, definitely not! Depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain, not something you can control. If you feel like you shouldn’t be depressed, like you have no right to feel that way, know that’s not true. You have the right to feel anyway that you do. Your feelings are one hundred percent valid. It can be frustrating having people ask why we are depressed, and feeling like we need a “good” reason. If you want, you can try explaining to people who ask why you have depression that you cannot control it, just like you can’t control most physical illnesses. And if you don’t want to answer someone, that’s also perfectly okay! You have no obligation to anyone, do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
TheCup5893
April 23rd, 2018 12:20am
No. And that's why depression is treated and requires a therapist. Why is a question nobody should ask you. Please tell them that depression isn't a choice - it's like a fever that just happens.
romanticthi3f
August 17th, 2018 1:52am
No, you don't. This is a really common myth about any kind of mental illness! Sometimes there are certain things that can contribute to depression; things like genetics (if your family has it), childhood experiences or support that you had growing up. These sorts of things make people more 'prone to it' but not necessary cause it. If people ask you why, you can let them know that there's no reason or cause why you have depression. Even if you feel like there's a good answer, at the end of the day sometimes depression can just happen in anybody and that's totally okay.
OrianaG
October 1st, 2018 2:01am
Hi! No. Definitely no. At least at My own opinion, you don’t need a reason. Sometimes just happen, and that’s all. You don’t need to have a motive. I mean yeah, it’s start with something, but it can be just one little thing and there you go, because for that little thing that you feel, everything makes or goes so but soo much worst. I used to have depression btw. So if someone ask you the typical question; why are you depressed? Do you even have a motive? Tell them, NO, because for being depressed you don’t need one, it’s just happen.
Teaandmarmitetoast
January 29th, 2019 3:06pm
No, not at all: sometimes depression is the sense that everything is wrong but there’s no single cause you can Identify. That’s not to say that you’re not ‘legitimately’ experiencing depression. In my experience depression is often hereditary and/or a result of deep-seated issues, thought patterns and behaviours. Brain chemistry and hormones are powerful factors affecting human moods, and anti-depressant medication works for a lot of people. Don’t worry about having a ‘good’ answer for other people, the most important thing is to find help that works to alleviate your depression as much as possible. Worrying about what other people think is unlikely to help.
Anonymous
February 11th, 2019 12:09pm
No you dont need a reason. Sometimes depression is occurs because of something that happened in our past, but that’s not always the case. Depression is an imbalance of chemicals in your brain; this can happen to anyone. You could have the perfect home life, parents still together and anything you could ever want or need given to you, but you can still have depression. You could be born with it, or it could develop later in life. When it comes down to it, depression doesn’t care about what your situation is. So no, you do not have to have a reason or cause to be depressed.
Anonymous
March 18th, 2019 5:41pm
You do not need a cause for depression or to feel depressed. So many little factors can cause it, or one huge one. Your brain will react to situations differently to other people, so there is no standard for a good enough reason to feel depressed. It's all up to how you react. You never need to prove to people that you have depression, and if you do then they shouldn't be around you. You feel how you feel, and it's hard to change that. Mental illnesses are so diffiult to control because there is no limit to the causes.
Anonymous
November 25th, 2019 10:51pm
Depression is a disease. It is a sickness. It is a variety of emotional and physical problems. Sometimes there isn't a reason. Depression is like a rainy cloud over your head, and no matter how sunny it is outside, you are always caught in the rain. It can linger for a day, weeks, months, year(s). There is only so much you can do about depression. You can consult with a doctor. You can get on prescribed medication. You can go to support groups. You can smoke medical marijuana. You can get all the treatment you want. Though sometimes it just isn't enough. That is the sad thing about depression. I can relate.
Happytoh3lp
May 19th, 2020 7:24pm
I'm not sure if there is a right or wrong answer to this question but I personally believe that, no you don't need a reason or a cause for depression. No one asks for it, it doesn't pick and choose specific people, depression just happens and that is the sad thing about it. Usually some people with have a reason or a cause and some may have an underlying cause but not particularly know about it and some people have no idea but that's okay, everyone is different. I don't think that you need to have an answer ready for people that ask you questions as it can be quite a personal topic to talk about. At the end of the day, you don't have to explain yourself to everyone just stay true to yourself.