Is your depression caused by environment or chemical imbalance

United States
January 2, 2007 7:42am CST
I've been depressed most of my life. After suffering for over 20 yrs with severe bouts of depression I was diagnosed as having a chemical imbalance. I take meds for this, but it is no cure. The bouts still come and usually in the winter months are very severe. I get so depressed that I literlly cannot set up. If I'm not depressed and something in my environment goes wrong, it throws me into a bout of depression and it takes a long time to come out of it. It's a horrible disease.
6 responses
• India
2 Jan 07
Although i agree that depression might have been caused due to chemical imbalance in your brain, i think the best way to fight it off is to get off of medicine and find new ways to keep yourself happy. It might be reading books or spending time with your family and getting entertained by tv or comics. Last and not the least try to help people out on great sites like this one. Secret to happiness is to make others happy. Need i say more?
• United States
2 Jan 07
I have been off medicine in the past for months at a time but always end up in a deep dark depression. I'm not depressed because I am unhappy. I have a wonderful husband, kids and 13 grandkids. I spend lot of time with them shopping, watching movies, camping, hiking, etc. I have everything I need. I don't have to worry about making ends meet and I am a very giving person. I may be just fine one moring and by noon just, Poof, It's like somebody just let the air out of me. I get very weak feeling and the depression is on. It is much better when I do take the meds -- not gone, but some better.
• Indonesia
2 Jan 07
what's a chemical imbalance means ? do u have been in any psycholog or psychiater ? i want to wish the best 4 u. gbu
• United States
2 Jan 07
From what i understood from my doctor is: The brain is not naturally producing enough of (one/or more) of the neurotransmitter like serotonin, dopamine, norrepinephrine, etc., which changes your emotions, etc.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
24 Oct 10
Most times its environmental and surrounding situations.
• United States
4 Jan 07
I have been diagnosed with a chemical imbalance, but environmental factors can be a trigger as well.
• United States
3 Jan 07
It sounds like you have a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I teach depression awareness and give dep advice at LifeTips.com. Try increasing both your physical activity (brisk walks are fine)and exposure to sunlight. You may feel a big difference.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I think my depression comes from both the environment as well as a chemical imbalance I might have.