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Drinking too much and taking recreational drugs can all trigger depression

Drinking too much and taking recreational drugs can all trigger depression

If one parent has severe depression, a person is around eight times more likely to suffer too. Genes may also determine how resistant you are to events that could trigger depression.

Getting run down, stressed, drinking too much and taking taking recreational drugs can all trigger depression. Long-term conditions such as arthritis may trigger it too, as they can alter a person's way of life.

Long-term conditions such as arthritis may trigger it too, as they can alter a person's way of life.

Eat lots of fruit and veg for mood- boosting nutrients. Tryptophan, in foods such as bananas, is converted into serotonin, the 'feelgood' chemical in the brain. St John's wort, ginseng and 5-HTP can also help. Take regular exercise, which releases endorphins, the body's natural mood-boosting chemicals, and drink sensibly. See page 15 for more ways to help beat depression.

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