Over 50% of Americans suffer from some kind of depression.  There are a lot of things that we all know can cause anyone to be depressed, at any time.  For example; a death, a divorce or break-up, or loss of employment, can all lead to serious, and immediate, changes in a person's emotional state.

There are some things, however, that you may NOT know can lead to depression.  Every day things that seem innocent enough.  Here's four of those to look out for.

HOT WEATHER/SUNLIGHT - Many people suffer from the summer form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - where depression is triggered by too much sunlight.  These people have a sincitivity to heat, which leads to an overall lack of energy.  Hot weather also tends to disturb our regular sleeping pattern.  Many people drink more alcohol in the hot weather, as well.  Not good. But don't over do sunning yourself, as too much of that will get you into trouble, too.

DOUGHNUTS - As much as they might cheer us up in the morning, comfort foods like doughnuts are not just terrible for the waistline - but also bad for your overall mental well-being.  People forget that with those sugary and fatty foods, there is always the sugar 'crash' - which usually leaves people feeling worse.  For more healthy and fun food facts, click here.

CIGARETTES - Scientists have recently declared that smoking can increase the risk of severe depression by 93%.  YIKES!  Nicotine creates a sense of relaxation.  Unfortunately, it is only temporary.  Don't believe me?  Would you believe the American Lung Association?

THE INTERNET - Studies have shown that teenagers that use the internet excessively are three times more likely to develop depression.  The more a person uses the internet (or phone), the less confident they become in real life social situations.  Internet addiction is a huge issue right now.  If you know anyone that spends more than two hours a day on the internet, and it's not work related, there is cause for serious concern.

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