Q&A: Would moving and loss of friends cause me to get sick and lead to depression?
posted on 4/15/2016
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Hello, I was wondering If it was possible for me to have developed Depression when this happened: Before fourth grade, I had recently moved to Ohio and lived there for a year. Moving there and back caused much stress to build up. First off, I lost many my friends that I had before I left. I honestly didn't have anyone else but my family; but not everyone I had before. Many my cousins just didn't get along with me anymore. I was not the type of person that they were. Also, the air in Ohio was not as bad for me as it is here. I never got sick, got asthma attacks, or been sent to the hospital. While over here in Arizona, I cannot survive a year without a visit to the ICU. Thanks for reading!- Dadream
--Carl Shubs, Ph.D.
Beverly Hills, CA
Dear Dadream, The answer to your question regarding depression is that usually comes from many contributing factors. Yes, your fourth grade experience must have been very difficult for you, and could have well contributed, but research is showing that depression can have a biological link as well. You may want to speak with a therapist if you are feeling depressed.
--Murray S. Kaufman, MA. LMFT, NBCDCH
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