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      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

      • 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



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