Exploring Depression Triggers, Part 2

What events or factors are likely to bring about bouts of depression?

Clinical depression is a type of mood disorder that results in low mood and unshakeable feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. The risk of developing this mood disorder is generally high for individuals who have a family history of depression.

If a relative has developed the disorder in the past, it’s highly likely that it can be triggered by certain events in your life. If you think that you are presently suffering from the symptoms of depression, one of the fastest ways to start improving your condition is by avoiding its common triggers.

Triggers are situations and/or occurrences in a person’s life that resurface the symptoms of a present mood disorder. While the logical connection between a trigger and the low mood is tenuous at best, it doesn’t mean that the effects of a depression trigger are illusory. If a depressed individual feels the symptoms of his/her mood disorder, then it has been triggered – he/she is not hallucinating or simply “acting out.”

Below are some depression triggers that you should be aware of:

  1. Long-term health conditions – This is by far the most common depression trigger. Being diagnosed with long-term conditions such as coronary heart disease (e.g. high blood pressure) and type 2 diabetes can make a depressed individual even more depressed because of the many difficulties that such diseases can bring. Self-care is a moot point for the majority of depressed individuals and thus, getting treatment for yet another condition can make the situation worse.

A depressed individual definitely needs additional support after being diagnosed with a long-term disease. A person’s support network must step in to ensure that the patient is complying with his/her medications and that he/she is seeing his/her doctor regularly. When a depressed patient is able to recover even a little from his/her depression, he/she will be able to take care of himself/herself better.

  1. Important dates – Believe it or not, even birthdays and anniversaries can trigger bouts of depression in people diagnosed with clinical depression. Depression may occur because the person feels that he/she is not up for an anniversary date or he/she is not in the right mindset to celebrate anyone’s birthday.

Constant reassurance from friends, peers and families can help a person overcome anxiety or fear that may have been associated with certain events, such as birthdays. If the depressed individual feels that he/she is not alone and that he/she can reach out to others easily in time of need then the support that he/she is getting becomes stronger and more powerful than the mood disorder.

  1. Rejection – The majority of depressed individuals suffer from self-image issues and many of them also question their self-worth. Rejection in any form can push a depressed person to think negatively of himself/herself and this experience can further worsen his/her mood disorder.

How can a depressed individual adapt and recover from rejection?

Rejection is a fact of life and while it doesn’t happen very often, you can be sure that everyone has a running record of the specific occasions in their lives when they were rejected. The question now is how can a depressed individual can adapt so that rejection doesn’t ruin his/her self-image?

The key to this problem is knowing yourself well. You must remember and hold on to your strengths as a person and believe that one, two or even a hundred rejections do not dictate or spell who you are and what you can accomplish as a person. Other people may help motivate you, but in the end, it’s important that you choose to be happy with yourself and who you are as a person.

  1. Being overburdened and overwhelmed – This particular trigger has something to do with a depressed person’s present obligations and responsibilities. If a depressed person is expected to perform at a high level at work and at home, he/she may become stressed and pressured. What usually happens is that the depressed person will begin shutting down or he/she may even suffer from emotional meltdowns.

When a person has frequent meltdowns, other people will begin to avoid him/her because no one wants to be around someone who is angry all the time. Of course, there should be more allowances for people suffering from mood disorders but at the same time, people who have been diagnosed with depression should also take the steps to ensure that they are more or less balanced and stable when they go out to deal with other people.