Common Causes of Depression and How to Avoid Them

Depression is a very bad state of mind to be in. It can be an overwhelming thing to deal with. Depression can make you feel helpless, hopeless, sad and exhausted. This unpleasant state of mind can affect you in many ways. It can alter your eating and sleep habits, and negatively impact your work and relationships.

When you are struggling with a major depression, your whole life looks like it has come to a stop. You may feel like there is no way to be free or get out of it. But no, your feeling isn’t right – depression can managed. And there are ways to help avoid it before it even begins.

Sometimes depression is in the brain – chemicals misfiring, or not firing as supposed. Other times, it can be triggered by outward events.

common causes of depression

Depression can be triggered by many things, and sometimes it could be really difficult to point at something as the cause. Speaking with someone else about your problem can help you figure out the root cause.

Here are the common causes of depression which you should know.

#1   Major life changes

Unpleasant life occurrences such as the death of a friend or family member, loss of a job, or the end of a marriage can cause anyone to fall into depression. People can be strained and stressed by such events to the point of being depressed. In the case of job loss, count on your achievements and success and be hopeful.

It is important that you grieve a loss without allowing it to drive you into depression. One way to achieve that is by staying connected with living friends and family. The tendency for many people at times of grieve is to isolate themselves from others, including those they love. This can only worsen situations and put you at risk of depression. Find someone supportive to talk to about your problems and you will find some comfort.

#2   Feeling continually sad

Perpetual sadness and worries can easily trigger depression. You may be sad because you are constantly overworked with chores, family problems or relationship issues. Know your limit to everything, and take no more work than you can handle at a given time.

Learn to say NO to certain things to keep your workload manageable. If a task is obligatory, like a work deadline, try to break it up into manageable pieces. Work on an immediate piece at a time, then move on to the next.

#3  Substance abuse

Some people rely on drugs or alcohol to alleviate their feelings of sadness or depression. Doing this will not solve the problem, rather, it reduces your ability to make rational decisions and end up worsening the situation. Usually, when you are calm you realize that the problem you were trying to fix through drinking or drug use is still right there in front of you.

Don’t fall into the temptation of relying on drinks or drugs to get you out of worries or sadness – it can only make things worse. If you are already struggling with substance abuse, seek the support of your loved ones. See a doctor if need be.

#4   Poor health

Being diagnosed with a serious health condition can trigger depression, especially if the concern requires immediate attention. It may seem like nothing else in your life matters until you are able to deal with whatever you have been diagnosed with.

Depression by itself can also cause different types of illnesses, which can in turn worsen depression. It is therefore wise that you to focus on your health without worrying so much about it to avoid sinking into depression. Remember that positive thinking can help you heal faster.

#5   Money problems

Money problems are a major cause of worries and stress in many adults, regardless of their history with depression. Many perfectly healthy adults undergo overwhelming amount of money related stress. If such stress persists, it can lead to a state of depression.

The best way to minimize money problems and not let the stress drag you into depression is to be proactive. Plan, make a budget, create a savings plan, and stay connected with a support network of friends and family. Watch your spending and invest where you can.

#6   Bad sleeping habits

Poor sleeping patterns can cause depression, and depression can cause poor sleeping patterns. If you are depressed, fixing your sleeping habits will help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression. Maintaining good sleeping pattern will ensure you don’t worsen your depression.

Know when your body needs rest and don’t fail to take that rest when needed. Eliminate all forms of distraction when you want to sleep. Make sure all electronics are off before you to bed, they can be stimulating in ways that stop your brain from making you fall asleep.

#7   Weight problems

Some people are overly concerned about their looks. Being overweight can trigger such a person into depression. Some people overeat as a way of dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. If you do this, it will only bring you back into the same cycle of being overweight, being depressed, and then overeating to compensate for those feelings.

The best way to get out of this particular depression trigger is to make a long-term plan in regards to lifestyle changes concerning food. Maintain healthy diet and eating habits, and exercise regularly to keep your weight in check. Don’t think too much about your looks, but watch what you eat and drink for the sake of your health.

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