Many people who suffer from depression want to feel better, but don’t know how. Depression can be unwavering at times – feelings of overwhelming sadness can make us feel like nobody cares, that we are completely alone, and more. The University of Michigan Depression Center states that depression does not discriminate, and is unfortunately a very common illness. Luckily, diagnosis means that we can begin taking steps towards overcoming this – by seeing a doctor and speaking with a therapist about our problems, we may be able to find the root cause of our depression, making it easier to treat.
Beyond Blue depression and anxiety organization has identified several potential causes of depression:
- Life events: Continuing difficulties such as long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, being isolated or lonely for an extended period of time, and prolonged work stress are more likely to cause you to develop depression. Recent events such as just losing a job may not immediately develop depression but could certainly trigger symptoms of depression.
- Genetics: Family history does play a role in depression – if depression is in your family history you may be at risk for developing it, according to Good Therapy, an online therapist directory.
- Personality: People whose personality consists of worrying a lot, having a low self-esteem, and are perfectionists may be at higher risk for developing depression.
- Serious medical illness: The stress and worry involved with coping from a serious illness or injury could cause a person to develop depression.
- Drug and alcohol use: These can both lead to and result from depression.
- Chemical changes in the brain: Harvard Medical School stated earlier this year that while chemicals are a piece of the depression puzzle, there is still research that needs to be done on how and why chemicals may change.
- Early loss and trauma: Some traumatic events can cause lasting physical and emotional damage. This could place someone at higher risk for developing depression.
- Medications: Depression is a side effect of some medications, often found in antibiotics or antifungals, heart and blood pressure drugs, hormones, tranquilizers, and more.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): This form of depression affects approximately 1-2% of the population, and seems to be triggered by limited exposure to daylight, which is why it most often occurs for people in the winter.
Research is still being conducted on the causes of depression, as it is believed that a variety of factors influence whether a person is at higher risk to develop depression or not. However, these many reasons provide hope – if you suffer from depression, consider these reasons and speak with a doctor about them. By seeking professional help, you can begin taking steps towards your recovery, and you may even save your own life. There are so many people ready to help you – take that step and speak to someone today.
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