The 8 Surprising Reasons That Might Be Causing Your Depression
You may know how common depression is—6.7% of all Americans age 18 or older experience at least one major depressive episode each year, according to statistics compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health. — Lindsey Antin, MA, MFT
Feeling bluesy lately? While mental health experts agree that some depressions come without any apparent reason whatsoever, the world is rife with things that could trigger melancholic feelings and dejection in just a snap. Below are 8 of these “I would never have thought…!” things. Read on and find out if one [or two!] of them is causing yours without you knowing it.
- Maintaining a happy façade even when you feel like crap.
One recent study found out that when happiness becomes the goal rather than the result of a life well lived, the end game is depression.
This deduction was based on the observations they did on places that put the excellent value on happiness. Surprisingly, depression rates are high in these same areas.
The research team’s conclusion? Trying to maintain a happy façade on the outside even when you feel crappy inside is detrimental to your emotional and mental health.
The themes of depression tend to revolve around loss. But what people make of their losses and how they interpret their distress differs tremendously across cultures. — Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D.
- The place where you live in.
One research placed a direct connection between a person’s neighborhood and his ability to feel depressed. Accordingly, those who live in a bustling city is more likely to feel depressed [by a significant 39%] compared to their rural-dwelling counterparts.
A second study enforced the findings of the first one when researchers found out that city dwellers have more activity in the part of their brains that deal with stress. And it is a known fact that pressure equates to mood maladies such as depression.
- If you have a baby with a sleeping difficulty.
Parents, especially the new ones, are more likely to feel despondent if they have babies who are difficult to put to sleep or have different sleeping patterns than them [those who sleep all throughout the day but wake most of the night].
This study just shows how vital support systems and education are for parents with new babies.
- Having too many choices could also trigger depression.
While having too many options isn’t a problem for some, there are individuals whose perfectionism is triggered by this which could end up in depression.
These individuals tend to review every product choice extensively because they want to get only the best. If you’re someone or know somebody like this, better tone it down lest you suffer the aftermath – being depressed.
Confidence gives you the skills and coping methods to handle setbacks and failure. — Barbara Markway Ph.D.
- You’re not getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t just nutrients that keep your heart healthy; they’re good for your mental and emotional health as well. This is because of these fatty acids – mostly found in oily fishes and vegetable oils – regulate the movement of our neurons.
Though it isn’t applicable to men, one study found out that the lack of Omega-3 from a woman’s diet is significantly connected to her being prone to depression.
- You spend way too much time on your computer [or other gadgets].
One recent study associated massive internet, computer and other technological gadgets use to higher stress levels, sleep problems and showing symptoms of depression in both men and women.
Not only does too much computer and gadgets use cause brain fatigue, but the lights from these things also hinder melatonin production and disturbs our body’s circadian rhythm.
- You’re not getting enough ZZZs.
Getting enough sleep is essential to a person’s right wellbeing so, it’s not surprising that lack of it causes depression. Scientifically speaking, brain repair happens when we sleep at night, meaning, our bodies discard our dead brain cells and replenish what was used up.
The lesser the time we spend sleeping, the lower the time our body has to repair and replenish our brains. This leads to the conclusion that not only does lack of sleep result to emotional imbalance and our minds not functioning at their highest; it causes us to become dull-headed, too.