10 FAQs About the Biology of Depression


Is depression a biological problem?

But don't antidepressants work at the biological level?

So, what about 'impaired response to stress?'

Does biology make women more likely to be depressed?

To what extent is depression a psychological issue?

But negative thinking styles must start somewhere?

So depression can be caused by bad life experiences?

If I reduce my stress, do I reduce my chances of getting depressed?

Doesn't the cause of depression seem vague?

Is vulnerability to depression both biological and psychological?

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D.

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D.


Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Jerry’s work background is in mental health and, most recently, higher education. He is the author of various self-help books and is co-founder of