Natural Ways to Help Manage Your Depression

Natural Ways to Help Manage Your Depression: Causes of Depression

Natural Ways to Help Manage Your Depression: Causes of Depression can have many causes; it is usually not just one thing which will trigger it, but a combination of factors which mesh together.

The genetic connection. 

It is widely accepted that genetics can be a strong contributing factor in whether or not someone who has a parent or a sibling with the disease will become a sufferer of it themselves.

The risks are three to five times higher for people with a family history. This does not mean that every person who has a family member or members diagnosed with depression will certainly end up with it too; it simply means that it is more likely if a genetic predisposition is involved.

Some doctors and scientists say that depression itself is not genetic, but that the likelihood of developing it at some stage is higher where a familial pattern of the disease exists. ( )

The death of a loved one or friend.

The death of someone you love, whether it happened suddenly or was the result of a long illness, can send you spiraling downwards into a major depressive episode.

The death of a beloved pet can also cause the same level of grief and should not be dismissed.

Depression following a death is natural and it is an extremely common response to grief. When the loss occurs, people go through so many different feelings and emotions that it is difficult to process them and if depression follows, then the individual has a two-edged sword; trying to cope with the grief of loss as well as depression.

The following is a list of some of the feelings and thoughts that a bereavement can trigger which, taken separately or as a whole could bring about a depressive episode which may last for months or even years.

• loss of appetite or binge eating as a method of comfort
• deep feelings of guilt, particularly over things not said or done which are now no longer possible
• not wanting social contact or to have to speak about the loss with others because it is too painful
• thinking ‘what if’ you had done or said something differently? Could the outcome have been changed? (This is a particularly dominant thought when a loved one has committed suicide.)
• insomnia and disturbing dreams or frequently interrupted sleep patterns
• wishing you could take the place of the deceased, especially if it is your child

Regards, Coyalita

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