Recognizing depression triggers
Everyone occasionally feels sad or blue. A loved one’s death, losing your job, or dealing with a breakup can be difficult experiences to cope with. It is normal to feel sadness or grief when dealing with life’s disappointments. But feelings like these typically pass with time.
Depression, on the other hand, can last for weeks, months—even years. There’s a significant difference between feeling sad and suffering from depression. Depression is a serious medical condition that can affect how you feel, how you think, and how you function in daily life.
Even if you’re treating your depression and feeling better, the reality is that certain things might occur that, combined with your psychological and genetic makeup, may cause your symptoms to return. These are called “triggers.” Knowing these possible “triggers” may help you prepare for their impact.
Major life events
Significant life transitions and stressors such as the death of a loved one, moving, marital distress, or the loss of a job can sometimes trigger a return of depression symptoms or a new episode of depression. Environmental factors like abuse, neglect, or poverty can make people susceptible to depression more vulnerable to the condition.
Sometimes, more subtle things like a disagreement with a loved one or an unexpected bill can also contribute to people feeling more depressed. People with low self-esteem who are overwhelmed by stress are more vulnerable to depression.
In recent years, researchers have found that physical changes in the body can also bring on mental changes. For example, medical illnesses such as stroke, cancer, and Parkinson's disease can increase the risk of depression for some people.
The good news
Successful treatment of depression is a realistic goal. Outside factors can have positive effects on your mood, too. For example, reconnecting with an old friend or finally finishing that big project may help you feel better. Even lifestyle changes like getting regular exercise can help.
If you feel like your depression symptoms are worsening or returning, be sure to talk to your doctor right away. And don’t stop taking your medication without first talking with your health care professional.
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