Depression triggers are things that have occurred that have led to the development of a depressive disorder. Depression triggers may be anything – people, places, situations, and more – that have triggered symptoms of depressive disorders. Recognizing these triggers can help people who are struggling with the impacts of depressive disorders to better understand how to manage symptoms of these mental health conditions. And, to be able to pinpoint the things that have led to the development of a depressive disorder in their own life. People living with depressive disorders may have experienced different types of triggers than people who are diagnosed with other types of mental health and mood disorders. So, it can be helpful to identify the most common depression triggers in order to determine which have impacted you. This way, you better identify methods of treatment and care that can best help you.
Some of the most common depression triggers include:
Having someone close to you pass away can leave a lasting impact on your life. Grief is a normal part of losing a loved one and doesn’t necessarily mean that a person will experience depression as a result. However, some people who tragically or unexpectedly lose a loved one can develop depressive disorders after these events. So, if you are experiencing symptoms of grief that have gone on for a long time and are debilitating to your daily life, this may mean that the loss of your loved one may have been a catalyst for the development of a depressive disorder.
It is not easy to deal with a medical diagnosis. Experiencing medical issues may mean living with severe, daily pain. It can also mean a fear of the unknown, especially in cases that can be life-threatening. Living with medical conditions can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, and lonely. So, being diagnosed with a medical illness or issue can be a trigger for the development of depressive disorders.
Struggling with finances can be very stressful and difficult. It can put anxiety on you about what you’re going to eat and feed your kids, how you’re going to pay your bills and other issues. In many cases, financial problems stem from the loss of a job. Losing a job, especially one that you enjoy, can make you feel that you are not enough or not doing what you need to be financially secure. Therefore, dealing with financial and career issues is a common trigger for developing depressive disorders.
Intimate relationships are complicated and people change, so relationship issues and divorce are common. However, these things can be life-altering and lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. They can also put more stress on a person as, after divorce, one will have to navigate a new life, manage finances on their own, figure out how to co-parent, divvy up assets, etc. All of this added stress and isolation can be difficult to manage, which can lead to the development of depressive disorders.
Have you dealt with one of these depression triggers and are considering whether or not you are living with depression yourself? There is help available to you in order to support you with managing depressive symptoms. You don’t have to struggle alone – there are treatments, including ketamine therapy and TMS, that can help you get back on your feet. Find out more about depression treatments available on an outpatient basis at Delray Brain Science on our website.