- Grief and loss of a loved one through death, divorce or separation
- Social isolation from the family or groups that one belongs to
- A life changing move such as graduation, change of residence, job change, losing a job, retirement
- Facing personal conflicts in relationships, this could be with a partner, sibling, parents or a superior
- Substance abuse can lead to depression, research shows that 30% of those who fall into this category tend to get depressed
- Certain medications can trigger depression
- Physical health problems are closely linked to mental health and can cause depression
- Having faced physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Imbalance in the neurotransmitters
- Surprisingly, poor nutrition can also cause depression, a variety of mineral and vitamin deficiencies can result in this
- Certain genetic factors put people more at a risk for depression
- Unexplainable tiredness or loss of energy almost every day
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
- Lack of concentration or indecisiveness
- Undergoing Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) on an every day basis
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- A sense of restlessness or slowness
- Repeated thoughts of death or suicide
- Major weight loss or gain in a month
What triggers major depression?
Is depression just a long period of sadness or something far deeper than that? Clinical depression is not something that can be dismissed as mere sadness. The affected individual goes through a depressed mood almost for the whole day and particularly in the morning. There would be a marked lack of interest in normal activities and relationships. To be considered depression, these symptoms must exist every day for at least 2 weeks.
Studies show that about 10% to 15% of Americans suffer from depression. The World Health Organization goes a step further and says that 5% of men and 9% of women experience depressive disorders every year.
Key triggers for depression