What are the causes of depression for a veteran?

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There can be multiple potential causes for depression. For veterans, trauma or loss in combat, or a high level of stress in military service could be likely causes. However, family history of the disease and genetic and biological factors can also contribute. For some people, the cause or causes of their depression may never be known. Research suggests that most depression is caused by abnormalities in the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. These abnormalities are biological and not the results of actions or personality traits. They may be influenced by events that are traumatic or stressful. Sometimes depression can result after normally happy life events, such as childbirth (post-partum depression), due to changes in hormonal levels. In short, there are many factors involved in developing depression. It is even thought that substance abuse can contribute to depression.

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