20 Surprising Things That Can Trigger Depression

Down in the dumps? It could be genetic, it could be your diet. Find out the causes -- and how to beat the blues (21 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Oct 18, 2010 at 6:02PM

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20 Surprising Things That Can Trigger Depression

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A recent U.K. study found that people who are addicted to the Internet are more depressed; they also spend more time on sites that serve as a replacement for real-life socializing. Meanwhile, research from Carnegie Mellon University finds that people who frequently use the Internet to look up health-related information have slightly higher rates of depression, whereas people who use the Internet to communicate with friends and family have slightly lower rates. The researchers’ theory: Using the Internet to surf for health information may lead to “increased rumination, unnecessary alarm, or over-attention to health problems”, which can lead to depression.

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