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Is depression solely a repercussion of poor lifestyle habits?

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May 19th, 2015 4:59pm
In a way it is, but it also isn't. You can be really healthy and stuff, but suffering from depression too. Mostly, it's the depression that causes the poor lifestyle habbits. But sometimes, poor lifestyle habbits can cause a on-the-edge depression to litterally fall. Things like not sleeping enough for a long time, eating unhealthy or not eating at all and never going outside are the kind of things that can make you feel bad about your life, even if it isn't. So I think it's a little bit of both, and even if it doesn't cause a depression, it will cost you your health in the future.
May 23rd, 2015 5:18am
Depression does not have to do with poor lifestyle habits! Depression can be caused by many different things, a lot of things that are completely out of our control. It can be a chemical balance in our brain, or maybe something traumatic just happened to us that sent us feeling down. There is not one cause to depression, there is many, and sometimes it can seem to not even know what the cause is. Just remember, depression is a flaw in chemistry, NOT character.
May 27th, 2015 1:57pm
No, depression isn't always a result of anything that you, personally, have done or have experienced. Certainly, cleaning up your lifestyle can definitely help you, but depression can affect anyone, without cause or reason.
June 22nd, 2015 8:54am
Depression is not solely based on poor lifestyle habits. Depression can be an influence from friends, family and peers, and it is not necessarily dependent on the individual themselves.
August 18th, 2015 11:12pm
Definitely not! This misconception that someone is at 'fault' for having depression only drives the stigma of mental illness. Although factors such as exercise, diet and sleep can impact significantly upon mood, depression is not something that solely stems from poor lifestyle. It can be caused by biological, genetic or chemical factors. Or it could simply be that someone has a rough patch in their lives, and that acted as a trigger for depression. In all cases, it's important to treat people who are going through depression with empathy and care, rather than blaming them for an illness that they did not choose to go through.
August 24th, 2015 12:43pm
Never. Depression can also be a result of genes. Sometimes the gene is in our system and is one day triggared by something
September 7th, 2015 10:17pm
No. Depression is not a repercussion of poor lifestyle habits. Depression is a result of many things in life accumulating to it.
November 16th, 2015 6:45am
I'd say no ya some of my sadness us my mistakes but most that bothers me I couldn't control due to I was just a kid
November 16th, 2015 1:24pm
Depression is a consequence of several factors that interact, such as genetics (genotype), life events and social support (7Cups for example!). For example, you can have an adverse genotype, and negative life events, but social support will prevent you from depression. Of you can have a favorable genotype, but few social support, and negative lifestyle events, and thus experience depression. Good lifestyle habits can have a positive consequence on your ability to cope with negative events or depression. But depression is a complex mental illlness, and you are not to blame for your illness, not matter if you have poor lifestyle habits..
December 14th, 2015 4:41pm
no you could have a great life and still have depression it doesnt happen to certain people it could happen to anyone
May 31st, 2016 4:44pm
According to me , no . Depression can be a derivative of various set of circumstances which can lead a person away from confidence and positivity .
October 4th, 2016 1:32pm
Not necessarily. The cause depends on the individual. Some actually have their vitamins low and it makes them more prone to feeling down. Big picture is important in each case.
October 4th, 2016 9:34pm
For me -- Absolutely not. I've lost 100 pounds trying to rid myself of depression and it is still a huge part of my life. I work out 5-6 days a week, my eating habits are on point. I still exercises when I'm depressed because I've made it a part of my life. Bad habits can definitely effect the severity and duration.
November 15th, 2016 8:47pm
Depression is not the result of only one thing but happens for many different reasons, some we can control, some we don't. Identifying the individual causes certainly help, but there is no one true definition and cases differ greatly. The important thing is that no matter what the cause is, if you identify it, there is hope !
January 15th, 2018 8:21pm
No, Depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain as well as by circumstances in life. It is not linear.
March 27th, 2018 5:06pm
Absolutely not. Depression is a serious condition that, yes, can be helped by good lifestyle choices. But in the end, depression can strike at anyone with the predisposition, and at any time, whether they ate their daily kale or decided to opt for a cheeseburger that evening.
May 21st, 2018 9:53am
Whilst there are arguments that depression can be caused by poor lifestyle choices, and that better lifestyle choices can improve symptoms, there are many people who have depression as a result of things beyond their control. If depression were solely a result of poor habits, people who live healthily would never become depressed which is also not the case.
September 3rd, 2018 7:04am
I dont think so at all. There are a lot of famous people who have seemingly wonderful, perfect lives who are depressed. Just because you're life might be great (or even just better than most), you make good choices, stay healthy, etc. that doesnt mean you're not going to be depressed. there are many people who are very successful who still end up suffering greatly from depression. The choices you make might affect the depression to an extend (like how you decide to live with it, whether you decide to fight it or give in to it more), but overall, lifestyle choices dont affect whether you have it or not
May 13th, 2019 12:32pm
Not at all. Depression can affect anyone, at any time, and doesn't have to have a reason. Poor lifestyle habits can impact the affect of depression, but it is not them alone that causes it to surface. Beliefs such as these can cause you to blame yourself for the way you are feeling, and depression is never your own fault. It can help to change lifestyle habits. Making little improvements to increase self-care, and spending more time doing things that make you happy, are ways to help calm those low feelings and cope with depression. But there are lots of other things that can help, that's not to say changing your lifestyle habits is the only way to help cope. Depression is very difficult to go through, but it's important to remember that there is always someone here to talk to, and never feel you have to go through it alone
July 29th, 2019 1:38am
No, it's not. Depression is a result of chemical imbalances in the brain (which is why psychiatric medications such as SSRIs can be used to treat it). While healthy habits such as a good diet and regular exercise have been proven to significantly reduce the severity of depressive symptoms in some patients, the research doesn't indicate that poor habits are a large factor in developing depression, and often times, even with a healthy lifestyle, other treatment such as therapy or medication is needed. Many researchers actually believe it to be genetic, although like most mental illnesses, the causes aren't really known or understood, even by the scientific community.
July 13th, 2020 3:39pm
Absolutely not. Our choices do have an impact on our mental health such as the company we keep, our diet, our environment etc however you could be the richest, healthiest, kindest most stress free person in the world and still experience depression. Depression has no favourites. Depression can be inherited, mine runs in the family. Depression can be due to a circumstance we had no control over. Depression is not a punishment for something we have done, it's just a disease that some us get and some us don't. We can all take care of ourselves the best we can, but no one is immune to being a victim of depression.
December 8th, 2020 5:38am
NO! It is categorized as a mental illness. Self motivation does help improve lifestyles and such. But many things can cause depression. Your environment, abuse, bullying, neglect, not having a solid foundation, amongst all other types of things, drugs, alcohol, food, misery, etc.. They do say the more you try to redirect yourself with activities and things that will make you not think of the depression then perhaps help to get you into the momentum of a different or better lifestyle choice. What are you eating? Do you eat healthy? Do you exercise? Avoid gluten if you can and stick to the organics! Fish is a health alternative because of the omegas are important in brain health and may be involved in the functioning of serotonin, a neurotransmitter important in the regulation of mood. Nuts are also good especially walnuts because studies show people who eat nuts have optimism, energy, hope and concentration. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber, both of which help to maintain stable and consistent blood sugar levels. It minimizes the blood sugar spikes that can affect our mood, beans are also great sources of folate. Folate is a B vitamin that helps the body produce blood cells, DNA and RNA, and metabolize proteins. Seeds are a good source of omegas. pumpkin and squash seeds are a great way to increase tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps create serotonin. Lean protein helps create serotonin, which assists us in maintaining healthy sleep and a balanced mood. Vegetables are great if you struggle with depression. One reason is that people with depression have been found to have a lower dietary intake of folate compared to those without depression. Dark leafy greens are good for stabilizing mood. Probiotics can play a key role in mood regulation by helping to reduce inflammation in your body, produce feel-good neurotransmitters, and affect your stress response. Do some research additionally ! Good luck !