Depression is an important topic of discussion, especially considering the fact that there has been an increase in cases of depression in recent years. In an article authored by Columbia University, they highlighted one of the more upsetting statistics by stating, “. . . the rise (in cases of depression) was most rapid among those ages 12 to 17, increasing from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 12.7 percent in 2015”. In order to treat depression, it is important to understand what causes depression in the first place. Is depression a learned disorder caused by negative experiences and/or influences with other people and/or the world around them, or is there some biological machinery that is the root of this disorder? As it turns out, it is a little bit of both. The article written in 2015 by Caitlyn Flynn details some of the genetic and environmental factors which cause depression. Two points she made in this article that clearly display both genetic and environmental factors for depression were “Genetics Have A Lot To Do With Who Gets Depressed”, which discussed how people are more likely to be depressed if depression runs in their lineage, and also “Depression Can Be “Learned” From Family Members”, which discussed how if children grow up with parents who exhibit depressive behaviors, that could lead this children to develop depressive behaviors. I find this not only very important, but also very interesting. The idea that depression can have multiple causes is fascinating, and I believe that depression not only having an environmental (psychological) factor, but a genetic (biological) factor as well is an important piece of information that people in this day and age should know. This also means that if all the resources are dumped into studying either the biological or psychological component of depression only, the full picture will not be created.