Depression, a word that is so commonly heard of nowadays. Depression one of the most common mental disorder in the world, according to (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse And Mental Services Administration.
Roughly 10-15% of the world’s population is likely to experience it in their lifetime.
Depression is a word we use to describe having a bad day to the inability to live, which slowly can take over a person’s life.
Depression is when everything feels hard, and you lost the joy as you feeling low. You drag yourself out of bed every day, and then you don’t want to go to bed later in the evening. Everything feels like an effort to do. Most people are not conscious that it is happening to them as it creeps up slowly.
Depression is a reaction to anger, stress, injustice, sadness, and the lack of energy to carry on with what life has to offer.
The exact cause is not yet known, yet many factors can cause it. Anything from environmental, chemical, to genetics and many more factors, can create it.
Here we have listed a few reasons that may be the cause of your depression:
Genetics – Family history of depression may increase your chances of getting depressed. Some genes generate small effects separately rather than a single gene that could contribute to a risk of depression. It doesn’t mean that should a family member suffer from depression that you will as well. The critical fact is your life circumstances that would influence it.
Chemical imbalance – an imbalance can cause depression in the neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline are chemical substances that aid parts of the brain to communicate with each other, which is responsible for your moods. When neurotransmitters are not functioning normally, it could lead to depression.
Personality – we all have different personalities, and some of these personalities can influence you to develop depression. Some people with low self-esteem, who are over-sensitive, or perfectionists, even those that worry a lot, are more likely to be linked to depression. It does not mean that should any of these personality traits fit you that you will develop depression, there are a lot more contributing factors that would cause it.
Stress – Scientists have suspected that high levels of the hormone cortisol, normally discharged during periods of stress, could affect the neurotransmitter serotonin and may lead to depression. Most of us have stress; it is part of living; it doesn’t mean that you will become depressed if you are suffering from stress.
Illnesses – Chronic illnesses/diseases can lead to depression. The stress of coping and limitations placed on you could make you depressed.
Grief – Lossing a loved one could lead to symptoms of depression, mainly when your symptoms include loss of appetite, insomnia, weight loss, and loss of interest in activities.
It is a fact that almost everyone in their life has felt low or sad. Time should alleviate ordinary depression. However, when you have extreme periods of sadness, low self-esteem, or the urge to commit suicide, please seek help.