Studies have revealed that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men. In the case of children, statistics show the number are equal – that is, there is no significant difference. Women are at greater risk because of certain reasons namely: women are more emotional and are known to display their feelings and emotions more than men; women tend to get more stressed out than men; they are also more vulnerable to depression due to effects of hormones.
People with relatives or close family members who have had depression, are at risk of developing the same.
Couples involved in troubled marriages, divorced or are separated have higher rates of depression.
Children from broken families or abusive parents, when they become teenagers, are prone to show signs of depression. The limitations of expressing their pains and troubles lead them to find comfort in drugs or criminal behavior. But for some who have no outlet for their emotions at all are at higher risk for showing depressed behavior.
We learn that depression is a complicated issue with so many contributing factors. Researchers are still studying these factors to come up with solutions to dealing with the illness. Understanding the causes of depression will definitely help in this direction.