There is so much research you can do on the topic of depression. As a mental health professional, I wanted to just highlight a few things in case you are needing help navigating depression for yourself or a loved one.
1) Depression isn't just a biological issue--sure there are scenarios where your chemical imbalances can play a role in effecting mood but often doctors will be quick to mention this as a way to encourage the use of anti-depressants. But unfortunately, there is no magic pill in treating depression. I have recommended certain clients in the past to look into the use of anti-depressants but ONLY when their daily functioning is severely impacted by their mood.
2) The social and cultural factors that impact one's mood is a core reason many suffer with depression. This can be multifaceted but there are many contributing factors such as childhood upbringing, narratives and beliefs we come to believe about ourselves, etc that need to be resolved in order to help one's symptoms of depression to be relieved. This is where counseling plays a significant role in helping.
3) By nature, we are created to be individuals with purpose and hope. Someone who is struggling with depression often suffers with having a lack of purpose and hope--that is not to say that this is a weakness on their part. But through counseling, one can navigate why/how they have arrived at the point they are at today.
Book a free consult today for yourself or a loved one to get started in receiving the help needed.