How can a traumatic event cause depression?

A death, natural disaster or other traumatic event can send anyone—adult, teen, child—into such a spiral of despair, the brain cannot work its way out again. Studies show that 40% of those experiencing post-traumatic stress also exhibit signs of chronic depression. A traumatic event can be purely individual. One soldier can come home from Iraq and jump back into the work force. More, however, are haunted by images of death and destruction. With medication and therapy, they recover.

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