The Hopelessness Theory of Depression

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Do you wonder what causes chronic depression? You may be suffering from clinical depression yourself or know someone who is. Depression can be a complex mental illness that may have many causes. Even professionals are not 100% certain of what causes depression and furthermore, depression varies by individual cases and history. We attempt to address three possible causes of depression in this video: Negative Attributional Styles and Causes, and having a negative self image. We hope you find this video useful in helping to shed some light on the subject of depression. You can also turn on the notification bell to see a video about other signs and causes of depression. We will create a follow-up video.

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