4 Unexpected Causes of Depression

Pill boxAre you feeling blue more than usual lately and you can’t quite pinpoint the cause? There may be a sneaky reason you’re feeling down and, fortunately, most of the time there’s a quick and easy fix to get you feeling right again. Especially now that the holidays are around the corner, you’ll want to feel your best while spending quality time with family and friends. Check out these surprising reasons you might be depressed so you can turn that frown upside down in time for turkey day. 

  1. Lack of fish in your diet: Fish offer a lot of really beneficial nutrients like Omega 3 fatty acids which boost brain power, including the production of serotonin, among other things. Studies show that a deficiency in Omega 3s can result in depression. Fortunately, this is a very fixable problem. Add in more foods like salmon, mackerel and tuna. Other non-fish sources include olive oil, avocados and walnuts. To really pack an Omega 3 punch, you might want to ask your doctor or nutritionist about adding fish oil or omega 3 supplements to your daily diet.
  2. Poor sibling relationships: Many of us grew up believing that sibling rivalry was perfectly normal and perhaps even healthy. However, studies show that men who did not get along with their siblings before the age of 20 are more likely to develop depression before the age of 50. Though the reason for this result isn’t quite clear, some researchers hypothesize that the relationship you develop with your siblings as a child reflect how well you will develop relationships with your peers later in life.
  3. Birth control pills: Many prescription medications come with a risk for depression and birth control pills, though they may seem harmless, are no different. Most oral contraceptives contain a synthetic form of progesterone which has been shown to cause a higher risk of depression in some women. Most studies find that women who are more prone to depression in the first place are even more likely to experience it on birth control.  If you think this is you, consult your doctor about other birth control methods that do not contain hormones.
  4. Rx medications: Other prescription meds that may cause a side effect of depression include drugs like Xanax and Valium which are anti-anxiety meds and sleep aids, Lopressor which is used for high blood pressure, Lipitor to lower cholesterol and Premarin which is used for menopausal symptoms. Again, if you’re taking prescription meds and suspect they’re causing your depression, talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your dosage. Your doctor should be able to adjust your medication to prevent further feelings of depression.

 Remember, depression, while common, is serious on any level and should not be ignored. If you suspect that you or someone you love is depressed, seek medical attention immediately.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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