Risk of depression and other mood disorders increases with a family history of these disorders. A diet high in sugar or processed foods predisposes you to low energy and a depressed mood as well. Risk also increases with alcohol use, prescription or illegal drug use, or lack of regular exercise.
People who smoke cigarettes statistically have an increased risk for depression. Many people start smoking cigarettes to medicate feelings of tension or anxiety. However, nicotine addiction causes a change in the brain chemicals that keep you feeling happy and energized, so smoking can predispose you to depression and well.
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