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Stress may cause depression

Stress may cause depression

While not untrue in terms that stress can indeed contribute to the cause (or be the primary) cause of depression in some individuals, drug treatments affecting this issue are many years away. In the meantime, there are dozens of stress relieving strategies one can do in one’s life to help relieve stress. Oh, and here’s 20 more tips.

No need to wait, start putting those strategies into practice today!

Long-term exposure to stress may cause some types of mood disorders, including depression, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated psychiatric care facility, McLean Hospital, both in Massachusetts.

Stress may cause depression

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). Stress may cause depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from
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