“If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, particularly number one or two or nine, you need to see your doctor immediately. As a society, we are not very vocal regarding our health, hence the late presentation to medical facility. This is why there is a need to educate people and debunk the stigma.” She said. There are so many factors that increase one’s chances of having depression, such as: A history of abuse especially during childhood. Some medications such as steroids. Substance abuse like alcohol, cocaine. They make you feel better initially, but with sustained use, they interfere with how your brain regulates chemicals and can cause depression. Major tragic event such as loss of a loved one, job loss, major financial loss, heartbreak. Family history: there is a genetic component to depression, so you have a higher chance of having depression if your parents or siblings have it.