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Identifying Depression Triggers

More than twenty million Americans suffer from depression every year, but just because someone is suffering from the blues doesnít mean it has to turn into something more serious. There are certain triggers that can often flip a person from sad to clinically depressed. Depression is triggered by the following ten common situations:

Tip: A warm bath can be a soothing experience if you're feeling depressed. Sitting in the bath while listening to soft music or reading a book can help you feel much better.

1. Job loss. Losing a job is the number one depression trigger. It causes financial strain, impacts the sense of self-worth and self-identity, puts strain on relationships and marriages, and brings conflict into situations that are already stressed and unhappy. Older, higher salaried workers are particularly vulnerable to bouts of depression following a job loss.

2. Sexual issues. Depression and sexual problems are interrelated with one often triggering the other. Many antidepressant medications cause sexual issues.

Tip: Try decorating your home in a very positive, upbeat way. This will be a natural way to make yourself feel better.

3. Empty nest syndrome. Loss and change are two of the hardest things we deal with, so when a child leaves itís a double blow. Everything thatís normal changes, every day is different. For some, this is a real problem and can trigger depression.

Tip: Depression can be caused by many underlying reasons, and you should make your best effort in trying to determine what these underlying reasons are for your own depression. With the help of a doctor or therapist, you can begin to understand these feelings, and find treatment to help you cope with them.

4. Alcohol abuse. Depression has been linked to alcohol abuse for many years. Alcohol effects mood and is a depressant on the central nervous system. This can trigger depression in a person.

Tip: If a certain situation in life is causing you to feel down, depression may not be the cause. Make sure you speak with a professional to find out what is troubling you.

5. Illness. Diagnosis of a serious illness can trigger depression. It can change how a person thinks about the future, it can change their outlook, and how they think of the possibilities of a future.

Tip: Try writing in a diary about your depression. When you write down how you feel and what you're thinking you might start to feel more at ease.

6. Divorce. Change is hard no matter how it happens and a divorce is a huge change. It is not only a change, but the change is to the social unit, to the status that goes with that social unit and this can trigger depression. Loneliness, fear, sadness ñ these are all common reactions following a divorce. Additionally, there is often financial strain which can add to the depression trigger.

Tip: Even though it may sound silly to some, one way of feeling less depressed is to have a bouquet of beautiful flowers in your home. The smells and colors are pleasant to species like humans.

7. Debt and financial stress. Constant worry about how to pay the bills will, over time, add to stress and may eventually trigger depression. It may also effect self-esteem and cause frustration.

Tip: If you find yourself in a depressive state, a great tip to use is to maintain a proper diet. Eat at least three square meals daily to keep your health up.

8. Fertility. Trying to have a baby and not being able to conceive can be a powerful trigger for depression. Being forced into early menopause because of illness or as a result of surgery or chemotherapy may also trigger depression as a woman realizes she may never have children.

Tip: Think about psychological counseling. Depression is most effectively treated with a combination of medication and therapy.

9. Providing fulltime care for someone with a debilitating disease such as Alzheimerís. The caregiver role is extremely demanding taking incredible time and energy on the part of the caregiver. This role often requires the caregiver to make conflicting choices resulting in guilt, feelings of inadequacy, and resentment.

Tip: Getting enough sleep is vital to fighting depression. Both physical and mental health are affected by sleep or a lack of it.

10. Menopause and male menopause. Hormonal fluctuations set off symptoms which can include depression, fatigue, anxiety, and low libido. Any or all of these can lead to depression as well.

Knowing the depression triggers will help to identify potential situations and what might cause a slide into depression. This knowledge can help prevent these bouts of depression by understanding what causes them and being able to head it off before it becomes too bad.

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