What is the cause of depression?

All genetic species are based on very similar genetic concepts.

Genes are the operating system of these living beings, whose functions have accumulated over many millions of years through selection in every species and also across species.

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The functions that almost all species have in common include elementary genes for the protection of a species, as well as for the protection of their societies.

One of these functions was created very early in evolution because of its usefulness in bacteria, plants, etc., namely apoptosis, so very simplified: suicide (sorry) .

Without apoptosis, species and societies are not adequately protected, e.g. in the case of fungal or bacterial infestations of an individual, in the case of attacks by other species with swearing or similar, in the case of gene transfer, by mental illnesses in which other collective members are involved in danger, etc., etc., etc..

In the case of bacterial or viral infestation, it is equally clear that apoptosis can protect the rest of a species or society, which is why in simple beings, such as plants, bacteria, etc.very effective such functions are genetically implemented, which initiate apoptosis in certain damaged cell states.


In social, and especially in smarter, species, there are other extensive intermediate functions that make it possible to make apoptosis more targeted and influencing or prevent (see Doctors, soz.communication, donation, investigations, etc.).

In the case of social types, the focus is on communication between an impaired individual and the collective.

Since the two are more psychosocially intertwined, the functions for correcting an apoptostic course are therefore considerably more extensive.

In the case of a disease, therefore, it no longer applies, as with simple bacteria: If you are ill, then die to protect others, but social species allow one of their individuals a comprehensive assistance in the form of psychosocial and intelligent techniques, which also genetically implemented.

The cause of such soz.Assistance lies mainly in the long breeding period for higher species. If a child falls ill at the age of 12, the necessary effort is in proportion to the benefit of that child in the later years as a member of society.

The benefit of a child is fundamental, since only children can later form the whole of society, and thus the benefit of an individual represents a significant value for a community.

Therefore, it is justified that through evolutionary selection various functions for care, care, recovery, etc.which is reflected in corresponding genetic intelligence, altruism and social functions (feelings are cybernetic-genetic programs).

The more complex it is to raise a child, the more care, care and recovery efforts are worthwhile.


As a result, social species have developed significantly more socially effective gradations of apoptosis, which, overall, lead to much more effective social and health cooperation within species and communities in order to save or restore individuals. to the Community, see altruism alone, which is directly aline.

Apoptosis functions thus no longer mean death in social beings with fixed influences and states, but apoptosis also involves a rescue function of individuals, with salvation in the foreground, but not death.

Any kind of social social or health system, including politics, is therefore nothing more than a more nuanced apoptosis function, which can also lead to death, but the survival rate for smarter and more social types. significantly increased.


Feelings are the key function.Feelings are evolutionarily created cybernetic-genetic programs that are genetically firmly anchored and are therefore universally understandable within a species (but also across species).

Therefore, it is possible for social individuals to share the feelings of others in their mimikes, attitudes, movements, sounds, words, pheromones, smells, colors, etc., etc.without having to learn it beforehand.

This has not only led to a considerable wider range of influencing individuals, but at the same time has resulted in corresponding gestures as an expression of inner and outer states (depression, joy, depression, etc.), which serves to: psychosocial influence to enable effective communication between community members.


Depressives have a disturbed communication, whereby the cause can be manifold, such as a physical or psychosocial illness.

If someone has a debilitating physical illness, he can no longer fully perform collective work, which usually triggers the apoptosis function of the (temporary) withdrawal, which also applies to mental illnesses, if e.g. communication with others is disturbed in some way.

Depression is caused by incomplete psychosocial or/or internal internal neuronal communication, whether to other cells, neuroagents or community members.

If certain communication elements are no longer sufficiently active, whether due to accidents, illnesses or impaired communication, some neural neuroagents (e.g. amygdala) indicate this in social beings, from which the known genetically implemented graduated psychic apoptosis functions, which are usually then re-regulated and changed by community function.

See the following link to the gradations of apoptosis function in social beings:

Ron Heide’s answer to What biological explanation is there for feeling “empty”?


In humans and other mammals, the function of apoptosis has even risen to the means of social communication, see politics alone, but as already written, as well as the altruism functions and much more.

Typical political apoptosis functions are, for example, bomb-making, declarations of war of extermination, but also any kind of uncompromisingness, which all emerges from communication deficiencies or incompetence.

Within relationships there are the same behaviors and utterances, see aborts, ultimatums, etc., etc., etc.; so it’s all just perfectly normal apoptosis functions, whether it’s an atomic bomb or an insult.


For depressed communities, states, peoples, etc., even if most people do not notice it themselves, the following still applies:

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Increasing your score by trying to lower the score of others is a risky attempt, which is usually quite useless.

More successful is to give the other subtle hidden, i.e. not revealing, hints on how to increase his score, which ultimately even leads to gratitude and rapprochement.

The best example is the US-North Korea conflict, where the two are taking points from each other/making each other down, which is actually somewhat levelless for the US in this current form, although one can hardly expect anything better from North Korea, where the entire state is in acute acute Depression.

The first signs of depression:

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Stages of depression:

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For therapy:

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See a case study:

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For the precursors of depression and its cause in incomplete behaviors, see also:

Ron Heide’s answer to How can I stand above things instead of getting upset about them?

See also:

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On the eraofting reality and truth:

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