If your depression is triggered by someone or a certain place, talking about it with a professional and cutting said person out of your life could help you get better.
But it also looks like a person’s depression could be influenced by a traumatic childhood experience and their lifestyle.
As most of us know that depression is a serious issue.
It’s a mental illness that has long been studied by universities and colleges all around the world, but the exact cause of depression still hasn’t been determined.
The World Health Organization have estimated that roughly 350 million people around the world suffer from depression.
Johann Hari, a guest writer for the Huffington Post has described a potential cause of depression, and it’s much deeper than you may think.
The story begins in the 1980s, at Dr. Vincent Felitti’s clinic.
Dr. Felitti’s clinic became known as one of the last places for extremely obese people to visit. His office was the place where people who were severely obese would go to.
Within his program, many people were able to shed incredible amounts of weight and regain a healthy and active lifestyle. But Dr. Felitti soon noticed that the people who lost the most weight, more often than not, would go into a state of ‘brutal depression, or panic, or rage. Some of them [even] became suicidal.’
Dr. Felitti struggled to understand the problem behind this, so he spoke to a 28-year-old woman.
In less than a year the woman went from a whopping 408 pounds to 132 pounds. But the woman suddenly put weight back on a few weeks later.
She put on 40 pounds in a couple of weeks and it wasn’t long before she regained all her weight and was above 400 pounds again.
When Dr. Felitti talked to her, she said that when she was obese, men wouldn’t be interested in her and didn’t even give her a second look, but after she lost all that weight, she began to catch the interest of men and was utterly unaccustomed to the attention. So, she decided to flee from the interaction and the attention and gorge on food once more.
As the conversation unraveled, Dr. Felitti began asking the woman when she began to compulsively eat food, and the woman said at the age of 11.
Dr. Felitti began to further probe the woman, wanting to discover the cause of her compulsion to eat, and the answer he found turned his stomach.
He found out that this was the age when her grandfather began molesting her.
Dr. Felitti later found out that of the 183 people in his program, 55 percent of them were sexually abused as a child.
One woman in the programme said: ‘overweight is overlooked, and that’s the way I need to be.’