Depression is a common but serious and complex mood disorder that affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.
- Abuse-Past physical , sexual, or emotional abuse can increase the vulnerability to clinical depression later in life.
- Certain medications
- Serious medical issues
- Death of a love one
- Family history of depression
- Conflicts-Personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends.
- Major Events- Events can include positive ones such as getting a new job., leading one to think ” I thought this would make me happy, what is wrong with me”
- Other personal problems-Social isolation, other mental illness or may be triggered by another medical condition.
- Substance abuse- Alcohol and drugs may be a temporary solution
Symptoms may include
- a persistent feeling of loneliness or sadness
- lack of energy
- feelings of hopelessness
- difficulties with sleeping (too much or too little)
- difficulties with eating (too much or too little)
- difficulties with concentration or attention
- total loss of interest in enjoyable activities or socializing
- feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- and/or thoughts of death or sucide
You may not experience all of the symptoms. The degree of symptoms vary from person to person. Depression is a difficult road to travel.