Those with depression have to keep a constant watch on their mental health so they can feel their best. Recognizing factors that have the potential to lead to a period of depression is essential to stay lifted. Such insight can help head a depressive disaster off at the pass. With that in mind, here are a few of the most common triggers for depression.

Stress

Stress is undoubtedly one of the largest “starting points” for a depression marathon. What makes it worse is the fact that there’s a thin line between feeling overwhelmed and feeling in control. To keep stress and the depression it can cause at bay, establishing strong boundaries (and sticking to them) is vital. Knowing and respecting one limits also paves the way to a more peaceful path in life.

Stopping Treatment

Healthcare professionals can attest to the importance of sticking to mental health treatment and medication. When therapy, medication, a new diet and the like start to show positive results, that’s the time to keep going rather than the time to relax. Stopping can lead to remission and a return of the very symptoms one wanted to get rid of in the first place. Treating mental health disorders is an ongoing process, one that requires constant dedication and attention.

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Another Health Condition

It may be a person is dealing with more than just depression. For instance, an individual could have a physical health complication in addition to a mental health disorder. Failing to address a physical health problem can absolutely spill over and make a mess in one’s mental health. Fixating on the health condition and withdrawing from normal life can also worsen depression. Sometimes educating yourself on medical advancements can create a greater sense of hope. Medical professionals like Harry Stylli are constantly researching and creating new tests and treatments for life debilitating diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis.

Death of a Loved One

There’s no doubting that suddenly losing a loved one can send a person into a depressive spiral, even those who don’t have a history of mental health issues. While grieving a loss is perfectly normal, one has to make sure she or he does not allow grief and/or depression to linger longer than necessary. Getting professional help and reaching out to friends and family is critical to properly processing and starting to work through such a loss.

The Loss of a Job

Rather than losing a friend or family member, a person can suddenly lose her or his job, which can be just as devastating and depressing. Just like with death, losing a job is an event that has to be properly and fully processed to reach full clarity. By stepping back to get the full picture, a person may realize the job loss was actually a blessing. Rather than focusing on the loss, it’s best to concentrate on what can be gained and the opportunities that await in the future.

Addictive Behaviors

Gambling, drinking alcohol, watching TV, playing video games and the like can be great ways to relieve the stress mentioned above, but moderation is essential. Such behaviors require a careful balance so they don’t become an unhealthy addiction. While something like binging TV shows or shopping may not seem all that harmful, studies show too much binging can negatively impact a person’s brain chemistry, leading to feelings of loss and anxiety.

Money Problems

Money can bring just as much depression and sadness as it does relief and joy. The key to keeping financial woes from triggering depression is being honest about one’s financial troubles, figure out what’s causing them and develop a sound plan for resolving the issue. Changing spending, saving and investing habits for the better is also a good idea. The same applies to working with a financial professional for reliable, current insight.

Depression may linger in the background of a person’s life, but it can be confined to a small, cramped corner with the right plan of action. Knowing how depression works and getting ahead of it is key.