Depression

Long Road

To Recovery

Causes

There are many different theories about what causes depression. Social, psychological, behavioural, and physical factors all play a part.

While depression may feel like it has come out the blue, it is usually something that has been causing deterioration in mental health for sometime

Some of the trigger events that could bring depression to the forefront might include:

· Bereavement
· Debt
· Employment or Relationship problems
· Illness or disability & chronic pain
· Social problems
· Child birth
· Stressful life experience
· Early childhood trauma or abuse of some kind
· Lack of social support
· Loneliness
· Alcohol or drugs
· Family history of depression or other mental health disorders
· Personality that could be prone to depression

Chemical Imbalance

There may be chemical changes in the brain when we are depressed and medications that act on that particular chemical do help some people

Scientists do not fully understand the relationship between depression and brain chemistry. Many believe this theory a myth and feel it may prevent people from taking responsibility for their health and recovery.

Grief and Depression

It is hard to distinguish between grief and depression; they share many of the same characteristics. Grief is a natural response to a loss, depression is an illness.

People, who are experiencing bereavement, often find their feelings of loss and sadness come and go through time. Most are eventually able to enjoy things in life and look forward to the future.

In contrast, people who are suffering from depression, have a constant feeling of sadness. They don’t enjoy anything and find it difficult to be positive about the future

Some experts see depression as a form of unfinished mourning. Often experiences that trigger depression can also be a significant loss.

While grief and depression are different, the death of someone close can trigger severe and long-lasting depression

Whatever the causes of depression, it is a treatable illness