Depression has many causes, including genetics. Sometimes depression can be triggered by an upset to your usual routine or lifestyle. Several commonly recognized triggers include trauma, grief, unemployment and financial problems.
It is important to note that milestone events that are expected to make you happy, such as getting married or starting a new job, can actually be stressful and cause depression.
Here are some common causes of depression that may affect you:
Birth control pills contain synthetic progesterone, which can cause depression. Other medications that can cause depression in some people include:
- Anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium
- Blood pressure medications called Lopressor
- Lipitor, which is a medication taken to lower cholesterol
- Premarin, which is taken for menopausal symptoms
2. Substance Abuse
Research confirms that 30 percent of people suffering from substance abuse also have symptoms of depression. If you are experiencing mood changes or other problems that may be related to over-use of alcohol or drugs, it is best to seek professional assistance for support in managing these issues.
3. Chronic Illness
People living with chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain and arthritis often exhibit signs of clinical depression. These health problems can limit your social interactions, exercise, sleep patterns and ability to maintain employment. All of these factors can contribute to depression.
4. Poor Sleeping Habits
Sleep is necessary to recharge the brain. With sleep deprivation, your brain functions less efficiently and makes you moody or cranky. These traits can all contribute to depression.
5. Living Environment
Studies show that people living in the city have a 39 percent higher rate of depression than those living in a rural area. Why? City dwellers exhibit more brain activity in the area of the brain that controls stress levels. Depression rates vary from state to state, and affluent countries tend to have higher rates of depression than poor countries.
There are many effective coping mechanisms to help avoid, manage and treat some of the causes of depression:
- Review all medications, prescribed and over-the-counter, with your primary care physician to evaluate potential side effects and drug interactions that might cause depression.
- Seek professional counseling and rehabilitation services, if indicated.
- Evaluate your lifestyle and make adjustments accordingly. Change your diet, get enough exercise and find time for yourself.