Are you getting depressed? Let’s take another topic on this to discuss the situation and reasons you might be getting depressed.
“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” – Jim Rohn
It’s normal to feel the blues every once in a while. Part of life, in fact. We are all blessed with the “human condition,” and feeling sadness is just a part of that. Such moments of sadness exist as a natural reaction to events, to people, even to places. As the quote above puts so perfectly, without sadness, there is no joy.
However, sometimes there are triggers or factors that could switch on a constant, unnatural state of sadness, which will lead to the medical mental disorder of depression. Defined as “a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act,” the good news for sufferers is that it’s treatable.
In terms of why depression can occur, there are the 5 main triggers that we need to look at first. These are the 5 primary reasons for bouts of depression or its constant condition:
Within this category of biology, depression could emanate from one of three possible sub-categories. The first one, the genetic trigger. Or, put more simply, it runs in the family. If there’s a history of depression or abnormal behavioral patterns in your family tree, it could be possible that some of that have been passed down to you genetically.
Occurring when there is an imbalance of naturally occurring chemicals within our brains and nervous system. The biochemical trigger that can initially cause feelings of sadness, progressing to possible anxiety and, ultimately, if not recognized and treated, to depression. The medical research area of chemical imbalance present in the brain is an extremely extensive one, with new theories and possible drug therapies being constantly reviewed.
With the hormonal trigger, those affected are primarily women, due to the naturally occurring hormonal changes within their bodies. It can range from menopause, childbirth, postpartum depression – literally anything that can affect the hormonal balance in the human body will likely have an effect on mood.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a recognized medical condition where people experience a state of sadness which occurs during extended periods of times with less sunlight. There is a belief that the presence of the sun impacts greatly upon our mood and behavior.; for example, some say that countries in the tropics, more specifically those on the Equator, tend to have a happier population, despite their poorer economic situation, compared with, say, northern Europe. This seasonal trigger can lead to severe depression if, again, it is not diagnosed and treated.
Situational triggers abound in our hectic world of today. Throw in the fact that we are (still) all human, and our different reactions to them can be as diverse as the triggers themselves. Just think about it – a relationship breakdown, an ill child, a big issue at work, financial woes, personal addictions. Also, the possibilities for a situation that could trigger depression in an individual are as limitless as time itself. And no amount of sun is going to deal with that.
Left alone, there is always the chance that the sufferer will resort to self-medication, usually in the form of drugs and/or alcohol. However, as any recovering addict can testify to, this could well lead to self-destruction. Take the heavy drinker, using alcohol as stress relief. It doesn’t work, and the symptoms of depression become stronger. Alcohol is, ultimately, a depressant, no more, and regular, unhealthy levels of high consumption will create the “perfect storm” for depression to take hold. Also, drink to feel better, but the drink only makes you worse. One perfect storm.
In fact, signs of depression are seen as one of the alcoholic drinking behaviors that shouldn’t be ignored.
Recognizing & Dealing with Depression
Depression’s greatest weapon is that the sufferer, because of the impact of the condition, sees no way out of it, no better day on the horizon. In fact, the sad truth (no pun intended) is that many sufferers do not even believe they are sufferers that this, in some way, is just a normal part of the human existence, however it leaves them feeling. Add into the equation that the condition makes the desire to act much weaker, and the downward spiral can continue unabated.
Depending on the root cause of the depression, there are steps that you can take in terms of self-help. Sometimes, these are enough in themselves to lift the sufferer out of a depressive period. However, this is not always the case, or as permanent a fix as is needed, and those suffering really need to seek medical treatment from their doctor. Fact. If you think you may be depressed, make an appointment now.
Symptoms of depression can include:
- Constant anxiety
- Lack of energy
- Lack of motivation and focus
- Anger, leading to aggression
- Substance abuse, even
- Suicidal thoughts
Seeking advice about the way you are feeling, be it from a friend, a family member, your doctor, even a priest, is a step in the right direction, and a step towards getting the help you need to conquer those depressed feelings and emotions. You will have experienced one of the above 5 reasons why you might be getting depressed – one of the biological triggers of genetics, biochemical or hormonal, seasonal, or, the most common, situational. However you have arrived at this point, remember that self-help can work, medical treatment may well be necessary. Though self-medication will put you on a path towards even greater feelings of depression than you have now.
Do you have experience of depression? How did you bring yourself out of it? Most importantly, what worked for you? Please feel free to share in a comment below. It’s stated above, but I’ll state it again: If you think you may be depressed, please seek help. Finally, my personal thank you for doing so.
Hi, my name is Andy! I was born in Bogota, Colombia, but raised in Los Angeles, California. I spend my time helping others with their recovery and growing my online business.