The physical and mental changes that depression creates can seemingly slip into one's life without much reason. In an attempt to explain the new mood, a person might blame it on how their life is going, or something unrelated that happened days or weeks prior. However, there are generally more direct reasons that explain why a person experiences depression or depressed feelings. Depression is caused by a combination of potentials and triggers.
As a child I found myself steeped in a pool of stressful situations ranging from my family life and personal health to unhealthy cultural norms and living isolated in the country. It took a long time to tease these apart and address them individually instead of simply seeing the world as an awful place to live, but after research and experimentation, I now have a pretty good idea about what causes depressive episodes and what I can do to alleviate feeling mentally unwell. The following information is what I found.
Things that increase the overall potential of experiencing depression and depressed feelings include:
This list can be generalized into four broad categories: chronic genetic and chemical abnormalities, life events, lifestyle choices, and unmet needs. It may be difficult to discern which category or categories you fit into initially, but doing so will greatly help you find proper treatments for your depression.
"Triggers" put a person into the state of depression. They can include just about anything depending on the person, though some triggers are more common than others. These include things such as:
This article was adapted from Chapter 4 of my book, The Happiest Choice: Essential Tools for Everyone's Brain Feelings. Potentials and triggers are explored in depth with many options for empowering your life and overcoming depression and anxiety. You can download a condensed version of the book for free here, or consider supporting this work and getting a more in-depth look into the science of happiness and radical mental health by purchasing the full version on my Etsy Store or Amazon.
Please note that I am not a medical professional and do not guarantee the accuracy of this information.
My name is Sage Liskey. I am an author, poet, fine artist, designer, and activist. Born and raised in Oregon, I now travel while I write and self-publish empowering books, zines, and booklets. I founded the Rad Cat Press in 2010 to help distribute my materials with a mission devoted to creating life-changing and accessible publications for the modern world. My informational guidebooks (many of which are available for free) cover topics such as alternative and radical mental health, depression, community, sustainability, art, and activism. I offer talks on these subjects as well.
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