Chapter 1. Causes of Depression

  1. Lynne Walsh MSc, BSc (Hons) RMN, RGN, RNT Dip Prof Practice, Cert Ed, Cert Health Promotion Lecturer

Published Online: 4 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470749739.ch1

Depression Care across the Lifespan

Depression Care across the Lifespan

How to Cite

Walsh, L. (2009) Causes of Depression, in Depression Care across the Lifespan, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470749739.ch1

Author Information

  1. School of Health Science, Swansea University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470517727

Online ISBN: 9780470749739



  • causes of depression;
  • epidemiology of depression;
  • recognizing symptoms of depression;
  • manic depression or bipolar disorder;
  • seasonal affective disorder;
  • cultural beliefs about depression;
  • recognizing symptoms of depression;
  • different types of depression;
  • recognizing signs and symptoms of depression and how this influences patient care;
  • sociological beliefs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Epidemiology of depression

  • Gender and depression

  • What is depression?

  • Causes of depression

  • Recognizing the symptoms of depression

  • Depression as normal

  • Different types of depression

  • Major depression

  • Dysthymia

  • Manic depression or bipolar disorder

  • Mania

  • Seasonal affective disorder

  • Postnatal depression

  • Anxiety

  • Physical causes linked to depression

  • Beliefs about depression

  • Cultural beliefs about depression

  • Lay beliefs and depression

  • Sociological beliefs

  • Conclusion

  • Reflection and discussion

  • References