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DEPRESSION IS MORE THAN JUST SIMPLE UNHAPPINESS.
You know when you have it. But you are out of expressions when you try to explain it. You try to talk to people, or you try to withdraw to your cocoon. With a single hope – will it work?
They say – depression is mostly self-inflicted? Not true – it is self-reflecting, but this definition relies more on your perception of your current state rather than evaluation of others.
Brain chemistry and genetic predisposition may cause it too. But trying to understand your brain chemistry is a tough job, unless you want to commit to it.
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9 Sneaky Causes Of Depression
For some people, sub-zero temperatures aren’t the only difficult side effect of winter. Approximately 10 million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related mental health condition that waxes and wanes depending on the time of year.Unfortunately, the changing season isn’t the only surprising cause of depression. There are some triggers — including lifestyle habits — that can prompt the condition. There are instances where the mental health condition isn’t caused by any external circumstances. Some people’s brain chemistry, hormones and genetic inheritance from family members can also be a large factor. That said, there are times when an outside trigger can contribute to the development of the mental illness. Below are a few surprising contributors to depression.
1. Chronic illness
Dealing with chronic disease isn’t just tough physically, but emotionally as well. People who suffer from a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes and cancer are more likely to experience depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here’s a good reason to kick that habit to the curb: A 2015 British study found that smokers were more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression overall than non-smokers. Additionally, the study found that smoking may be a source of anxiety because of the feelings of withdrawal smokers experience after not having a cigarette, the researchers said.
3. Excessive social media use
Social media is just a glimpse of someone’s life through a glass half full; it does not accurately portray someone’s reality. But you still may find yourself stacking your life against theirs. This is subconscious process is what researchers call “social comparison,” and it can lead to feelings of depression according to a study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
4. Your neighborhood
Are you a city dweller or a country resident? It could make a difference in your mental health. Research shows that people who live in urban areas may be more susceptible to mental illness, particularly depression.
Your physicality and mentality may be tied to what you consume. Research suggests that people who have a poor diet — think foods high in processed meats, sugar and fat — also were more likely to report symptoms of depression. This, of course, is cyclical. Depression also can result in a change in appetite, sometimes making it difficult for a person to have proper nutrition.
6. Too much sitting
The only avenue to a healthy body and mind is not only to prioritize what you eat, but how much activity you do. Research shows exercise can boost your mood. Not only that, the opposite behavior of too much inactivity may be linked to experiencing symptoms of depression.
7. A lack of sleep
Sleep deprivation is no joke. If you don’t prioritize those Z’s, you’re not only at risk for chronic conditions like heart disease, you’re also at risk for emotional conditions. Depression also can impact your sleep, creating a vicious cycle.
8. Brain inflammation
Emerging research is finding that depressive symptoms may be due to a “neuroinflammation,” or a natural response the brain engages in to protect itself.
9. Not putting your needs first
If you prioritize others and ignore your own needs, that can take a toll on your mental health. If people don’t have the ability to say no to people or things that don’t nurture them, that can really leave someone drained and depressed.
Source: Huffington Post