Why Am I Depressed?
It is natural to ask why we might have become depressed. When we are depressed, we tend to blame ourselves, but this is because depression makes us see things in a very negative way. It can make us blame ourselves for things that we are not responsible for. Usually there is more than one thing causing a depression.
Getting depression is not a sign of weakness. There are no particular ‘personality types’ that are more at risk than others. However, some risk factors have been identified, these include inherited (genetic) factors, such as having parents or grandparents who have suffered from depression and non-genetic factors such as a major loss, chronic illness, relationship problems, work stress, family crisis, or unwelcome life changes. Depression or a depressive episode is triggered in an individual when their individual physical and emotional needs are not being met. Depression is usually caused by a mixture of things, rather than any one thing alone. It isn’t known why one person becomes depressed and another person, given the same circumstances, isn’t affected in the same way.
For some people, depression can be triggered by external circumstances, such as bereavement, divorce, illness or redundancy. For others, pregnancy and childbirth can be a factor. Other frequent causes of depression include drinking too much alcohol and using drugs, (Substance abuse resources in Maine), such as cannabis and cocaine. Taking some prescribed medication can occasionally cause depression.
The feeling of depression is something we all experience from time to time. It can even help us to recognise and deal with problems in our lives
in clinical depression or bipolar disorder, the feeling of depression is worse. It goes on for longer and makes it difficult or impossible to deal with the normal things of life. If you become depressed, you will notice some of these changes:
- Feel unhappy most of the time
- Lose interest in life and can’t enjoy anything
- Find it harder to make decisions
- Can’t cope with things that you used to
- Feel exhausted
- Feel restless and aggravated
- Lose appetite and weight (some people put on weight)
- Take 1-2 hours to get to sleep, then wake earlier than usual
- Lose interest in sex
- Lose your self confidence
- Feel useless, inadequate and hopeless
- Avoid other people
- Feel irritable
- Feel worse at a particular time each day usually in the morning
- Think of Suicide
DEPRESSION HAPPENS FOR A REASON: DEPRESSION IS TELLING YOU THAT SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING FOR YOU IN YOUR LIFE: IT IS TIME TO CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE. DEPRESSION IS A CHANCE TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LIVES AND ALTER IT TO MAKE IT WORK FOR US.
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