The Causes of
You must understand that depression is normal. It is a symptom
of something upsetting the balance in your life. There are many
causes for depression, as you will see in the list below. The
causes may be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
• The factor that contributes a lot to depression is a
sense of deprivation, or simply a feeling of being lost. This
sense of loss may be real or just in the mind.
• Common things like not getting enough rest or not eating
properly can cause depression.
• Certain drugs can affect a person’s moods. All drugs
affect the body and the mental processes in some way. If a
drug produces noxious results in the brain or nervous system,
extreme depression could be the consequence. Toxic depression
happens when a person takes too much of a drug or tranquilizer over
a long period of time. This kind of depression and drug
toxicity will clear up in a day or so after the drug is no longer
in the system. You must remember that when you start feeling
strange while taking a medication, consult your medical doctor.
The following are some physical causes of depression:
• Brain or nervous system disorders
• Glandular disorders
• Low thyroid
• Excessive ovarian hormonal irregularities
• Pessimistic and
You’ve probably heard many times in your life that “It’s all in the
mind.” This can never be truer. If you think that your
life is in the dumps, then it probably is. If you think that
the problems you face are exciting challenges that will lead you
closer to success, instead of thinking of them as real unsolvable
problems, then you probably won’t feel depressed. It all
depends on your attitude.
Expectations Not Attained
If you’re expecting to be promoted as manager, but someone else
gets the job, then re-assess yourself if you really deserve to get
the position. If you do not deserve, then work harder and
don’t get disappointed. If you are worthy for the job but
your efforts are not being noticed, then forget about it.
Shift your focus on other worthwhile goals. Life is too short
to be spent on things beyond our control.
Poor people tend to be more depressed because the television,
radio, and newspapers have informed them that there are so many
things out there to buy and own, yet they don’t have the
They buy lottery tickets and sweepstakes in the hope of getting
They should stop making these unrealistic expectations and
should just work hard and smart to attain their goals.
They should be contented with what they already have, and should
strive to improve their lives.
Depression or Grief Reaction
This occurs after the loss of a loved one, job, or other important
aspects of your life.
This usually lessens as time goes by. The loss of a
partner, close friend, or relative brings on this kind of emotional
reaction. Just realize and accept the fact that everything in
this world has an end.
• Rage or Anger
Experiencing anger is extremely dangerous to your health. It
causes your adrenaline and blood pressure to rise up at above
normal levels. Moreover, you could end up hurting someone or doing
something that you will regret later on if you can’t control
it. But if you hold it back, it’s very unhealthy and can
cause serious depression.
People with low self-esteem or self-confidence have a higher chance
of being diagnosed with depression. One or more of these
pessimistic thoughts listed below are always running in their
1. Everything I do is wrong.
2. My efforts are always not enough.
3. No one ever recognizes what I’ve done for him or her.
4. Everything is always my fault.
5. I am nothing compared to other people.
6. My skill is worthless.
7. Everyone else is much better (much intelligent, much
stronger) than me.
Sooner or later, they will accept this as true despite all
evidence to the contrary.
Interactions with depression sufferers suffering from low
self-esteem range from difficult to intolerable. When you offer
love and affection, they are not recognized and reciprocated.
Despite exerting all efforts to help them, you are told you
don't understand what is wrong. You receive complaints that the
support you extend is not sufficient, or not the right kind.
One of the most common
yet deadliest enemies we face in this modern, demanding world is
STRESS. And I have to stress that out because it is often
ignored, yet it can really damage your health and your life.
It can ultimately contribute to depression.
Probably the leading type of stress is job stress or
work-related stress. It is not unusual for workers to be
grumpy on Monday and happy on Friday night.
Work-related stress has been the cause of many ailments such as
extreme fatigue, headaches, anxiety, nervousness, respiratory
illnesses, muscle pain, back pain, ulcers, insomnia, high blood
pressure, depression of course, and even obesity!
If you’ve been so preoccupied with your work and you haven’t got
the time to take a short break, you’ll be more likely to pig out on
dinner or midnight snacks. And of course, job insecurity can
lead to depression.
Other factors that contribute to stress are relationship
problems, health problems, and money problems. Things
like a fight with your sister, not being able to pay your debts on
time, supporting a family on a meager income, having an incurable
disease, can indeed bring about depression.
Even positive events such as getting a job promotion or having
more job responsibilities, getting married, or getting pregnant can
also lead to tension, and depression.
• Hormonal Changes
Some women tend to have a depression illness after their baby is
born. It is called Postpartum Depression, but many people call it
the “baby blues.” This type of depression is caused by
hormonal changes upon pregnancy.
When the mother experiences depression before giving birth,
there’s a bigger chance that she will experience more depressive
feelings after the child is born. Sometimes the mother will
feel awful for having this kind of feeling, when she’s supposed to
be exhilarated with her baby.
There is nothing to be ashamed about. This is not the
mother’s fault. It’s cause by the hormonal changes, and could
be aggravated by the stress of waking up at night to feed the baby,
work-related and travel-related stress, as well as increase in the
This type depression will disappear as time passes by, but
getting support and medication could help in easing the current
• "Getting Old"
When people reach the age of 60 and above, they tend to feel left
They retire and stay at home watching TV or doing
This makes them feel lonely and depressed.
Furthermore, they have been through many of life’s challenges –
passing away of loved ones, being left by sons and daughters,
health problems, and others.
Look over the above list
of depression causes and see if you can pick up anything that might
be contributing to your depression. More often than not, it is a
sign that your body needs rest and relaxation after a period of
handling pressures and exhaustion. Observe this hint as you would a
sign of hunger or pain.