9 Common Depression Triggers and Causes | What Causes Depression? (2023)

Depression can be triggered by a variety of life events, even positive events. Having an awareness of triggers allows people to be mindful and seek treatment when needed.

Depression triggers are common. About10%of Americans live with depression.According to theWorld Health Organization(WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

What is Depression Caused By?

Depressionisn’t always caused by a depressing situation. Many people become depressed, even when everything in their life is going well. Thestructural, physiological and biochemical changesthat occur in the brain that cause depression can have one or more causes including:

  • Dysfunction in the brain’s mood regulation mechanism
  • Genetic vulnerability
  • Physical health problems
  • Stress or negative life events
  • Medication side effects
  • Various triggers

Depression is oftentriggeredby a stressful or negative life event. Similarly, a recurrence of a previous depressive episode can be brought on by situational causes.

Feelings of depression or anxiety can lead to suicidal thinking.If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies, call theNational Suicide Prevention Hotlineat1-800-273-8255.

What Triggers Can Cause Depression?

By identifying depressiontriggers, people canidentifyand be aware and be alert to signs of depression in themselves and in others.

1. Grief and Loss

Grief and loss – known asbereavement– are a significant situational trigger of depression. However, diagnosis may be tricky because the symptoms may just be taken as being a normal reaction to loss.

Handling grief is a personal experience. How grief is managed depends on the individual’s age, life experience, personality, state of mind and the situation being grieved.Griefcan manifest itself in physical and mental symptoms, such as:

  • Depressed mood and full depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • High blood pressure and heart rate
  • High-stress hormone levels
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Immune system changes
  • Substance use

When grief becomes prolonged or intense it is known ascomplicated griefor prolonged grief disorder. Grief can become particularly complicated if it is accompanied byrumination.

It can be difficult to tell when the usual sadness of grief crosses the line to depression. People who are grieving should discuss the issue with their physician, particularly if they are having difficulty coping.

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2. Rejection

People have an innate need for approval, affirmation, and acceptance from others. Rejection and social exclusion can be very stressful for people and have been associated with low self-esteem. Some people are especially sensitive to socialrejectionand have a highrejection sensitivity(RS). A person’s level of RS depends on their genetics and their prior experiences in life.

People with a high RS are more sensitive to social cues and pick up on the smallest hint of rejection. They respond intensely to any hints detected. Any perceived failure in being accepted causes anxiety. With perceived repeated failures, eventually social withdrawal and depression results.

Even people without a high RS can try hard to gain others’ approval, and feel down after being rejected. Anger and aggression arecommon rejection reactionsas well. This response is especially true when rejection involves alove-interest.

Conversely, depression itself causes an elevated RS, because people with depression tend to feel lower self-esteem and are therefore more sensitive to rejection. Theirnegative depression symptoms(such as depressed mood, lack of energy, social isolation and loss of interest in activities) may make them more likely to be rejected socially. The widespread stigma against depression and other mental health disorders may magnify the likelihood of rejection.

An individual’s RS isnot necessarily fixedat a certain level. Counseling may help treat depression and prevent relapse.

3. Stress

Psychologicalstressis a major cause of depression because of its physical effects on the body and brain. In particular, stress causeshormonal changesthat are present in about 70% of depressed people. The hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands are disrupted from their normal regulation of mood and emotion.

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Stress releases the stress hormone cortisol, which results in physical changes to brain cells. Stress can even result in changes to the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is known to bereduced in depressed people.

Psychological stress also activates the immune system, including the release of immune system chemicals (cytokines) that are associated with depression. These immune chemicals are active in brain tissue, including the hippocampus, which explains their role in producing symptoms of mental illness.

4. Illness

Illnesses may contribute to up to10-15%of all cases of depression. This correlation can happen because:

  • The illness itself may be tragic, and receiving the diagnosis can be traumatic (e.g., cancer, HIV infection, Multiple Sclerosis)
  • The illness may cause depressive symptoms (e.g., hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, mononucleosis)
  • The illness may have an inherent association with depression (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, erectile dysfunction, heart attack)
  • The medications used to treat the illness may cause depression (e.g., some heart medications, hormones, certain antibiotics)

There is a reciprocal relationship between illness and depression. Many illnesses or their treatments can be triggers for depression, and depression is known to slow recovery and cause a higher risk of death in many illnesses. In the case of achronicorterminalillness, co-occurring depression can magnify the suffering brought on by the illness itself.

Physicians should make their patients aware of a particular illness or medication that can cause depression and should watch for this side effect. Likewise, people who are ill should be aware of this common and debilitating effect of illness.

5. Lack of Sleep

Sleep has a reciprocal relationship with depression. First of all, sleep changes are acore symptomof depression. An individual has either increased or decreased sleep. About75%of depressed people have insomnia, and about40%sleep excessively (hypersomnia), with lots of overlap. Sleep problems are some of the major reasons that people seek help for their depression.

Conversely, alack of sleepis a known trigger for depression.Insomniaincreases the risk of developing depression by four times. Aclinical trialin adult twins showed that a sleep duration of five hours or less doubles the incidence of depression. Because these were twins, the genetic predisposition for depression was not a factor.

Anotherlarge studywith adolescents showed that sleep duration of six hours or less per night increases the risk of depression by 25% to 38%. Developing depression can cause sleep disturbances, so a vicious cycle can ensue. Adolescents seem to be especially prone tosleep deprivation, usually self-imposed.

Addressing sleep problems appears to be an effective way to prevent depression, as well as treat depression and prevent relapse. Also, given the association between sleep problems and suicide risk, addressing sleep symptoms in depressed people is especially important.

6. Rumination

Rumination is grief that has gotten out of control. The ruminating individual dwells on the grief rather than trying to embrace and deal with it healthily. The grief and pain become an obsession that interferes with normal life functions.

People who ruminate get stuck on thoughts like, “Why did this happen to me,” and, “How terrible is this?” They get caught up in self-pity and exaggerate the negative. They may also get angry with others who are handling their grief in healthier ways.

It is not surprising thatruminationhas been identified as a major trigger for depression. It can cause depression, worsen and prolong existing depression, and it is a risk factor for suicidal ideation. Conversely, theimpaired emotional regulation thatis characteristic in depressed people can lead them to ruminate.

Experiencing grief is a normal part of life, but many people are poorly equipped for handling it, especially if it is a new experience for them. Their expectations of grief may be unrealistic.

Researchersfound thathope — internal confidence and motivation to succeed — is the antidote for rumination. People with high hope have better self-efficacy and a focus for continuing on with life despite the loss that they are grieving, rather than ruminating. People who are ruminating should receive grief counseling.

7. Money Problems

Financial problemscan cause depressionin several ways. Astudythat tracked 35,000 Americans to study the effects ofmoneyon mental health found that low household income is associated with increased risk of mental health disorders, especially depression. The study found that a drop in income increases the risk of depression.

Additional researchfound that financial difficulties and financial stress are associated with depression, which appears to worsen financial difficulties, beginning a vicious cycle.

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People experiencing financial difficulties, such as drops in income or financial loss, should consider measures to improve their ability to cope with the stress associated with these changes.

8. Life Transitions

Lifetransitions, even positive ones, can have negative effects on a person’s mood. People are creatures of habit, so even positive life changes can take them out of their comfort zone and cause stress.

For example, a job promotion can involve leaving a familiar and comfortable job for one that is unfamiliar and difficult. The new job can involve leaving behind familiar people and being surrounded by strangers. It may also be more stressful and involve a steep learning curve. The collective effect is stress that may precipitate depression, despite the positive event of getting promoted.

If the life transition is a negative one, such aslosing a jobor gettingdivorced, then the stress and depressive effects will be even more of a shock.

There is a subtype of depression calledadjustment disorder, where the individual develops depressive symptoms or even full depression after life changes.

People shouldanticipate the stressors of life changes, and be prepared for them. Those who arehaving difficulty coping should consider engaging their support system and even counseling. They should also be vigilant in looking for symptoms of depression that may follow these life changes.

9. Substance Use

Substance use and depressionare closely related. Many of the mental and physical changes seen in depression and addiction are similar. They also share many risk factors, have overlapping symptoms and each can cause or trigger the other.

Recent discoveriesrevealed thatdrug and alcohol abusecan cause physical changes in the connections between the brain cells so that new pathways are formed that support addiction.

Many people use substances as a way to self-medicate their mental health symptoms. In many cases, people aren’t even aware that they have a treatable mental health disorder and have been living with their symptoms for so long that they assume that it is just normal.

When substance use and depression (or other mental health disorders) occur at the same time, it is referred to as comorbidity. When comorbidity occurs, it is crucial to treat both conditions at the same time. Trying to treat depression in the presence of active substance use is difficult. Likewise, trying to treat addiction in the presence of untreated depression greatly lowers the chance of success.

Managing Depression Triggers

One of the most important aspects of managing depression triggers is awareness of them so that individuals and their loved ones recognize them promptly and act accordingly.

Even if people are subjected to a trigger that they can’t immediately change — such aschronic illness, financial troubles, or a life transition — they can take action to reduce the stress from the event.

Given the range of severity and things that can cause depression, people who struggle with bouts of depression require professional help. It is a serious illness that can become chronic, and it is associated with disability, reduced quality of life, physical illness and even death. Comorbidity is especially dangerous and requires specialized care.

The Recovery Villageoffers comprehensive professional assessment and treatment programs for individuals experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. If you are concerned about depression and substance abuse in yourself or a loved one,contact The Recovery Villageto speak with a representative about how treatment can help.

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What are the nine causes of depression? ›

Lesson 2: There are nine common reasons for depression, mostly from hard life situations.
  • Disconnection from meaningful work. ...
  • Disconnect from others. ...
  • Disconnect from meaningful values. ...
  • Childhood trauma. ...
  • Disconnect from status. ...
  • Disconnect from nature. ...
  • Disconnect from a secure and hopeful future. ...
  • Genes.
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What are examples of depression triggers? ›

These are all examples of common depression triggers:
  • Stress. Stress is a common depression trigger. ...
  • Sensitive times of the year. Times like anniversaries, birthdays and holidays can be very hard. ...
  • Illness or injury. ...
  • Financial stress. ...
  • Problems at work. ...
  • Relationship difficulties. ...
  • Poor sleep. ...
  • Substance abuse.
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What are 3 possible causes of depression? ›

What Are the Main Causes of Depression?
  • Abuse. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can make you more vulnerable to depression later in life.
  • Age. People who are elderly are at higher risk of depression. ...
  • Certain medications. ...
  • Conflict. ...
  • Death or a loss. ...
  • Gender. ...
  • Genes. ...
  • Major events.
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What are the five factors of depression? ›

Risk factors for depression
  • family history and genetics.
  • chronic stress.
  • history of trauma.
  • gender.
  • poor nutrition.
  • unresolved grief or loss.
  • personality traits.
  • medication and substance use.

Who is most at risk for depression? ›

It's mainly found in those with low self-esteem, who have a poor outlook, or who feel overwhelmed by stress. Depression is also more common in people with anxiety or other mental health problems. Teens who have tried to self-harm by the age of 16 have a higher risk of having depression by the time they're young adults.

What are the main causes of anxiety? ›

Common triggers include:
  • work stress or job change.
  • change in living arrangements.
  • pregnancy and giving birth.
  • family and relationship problems.
  • major emotional shock following a stressful or traumatic event.
  • verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or trauma.
  • death or loss of a loved one.

What causes stress? ›

Don't have much or any control over the outcome of a situation. Have responsibilities that you find overwhelming. Don't have enough work, activities or change in your life. Experience discrimination, hate or abuse.

What is the most common way to treat depression? ›

Medications and psychotherapy are effective for most people with depression. Your primary care doctor or psychiatrist can prescribe medications to relieve symptoms. However, many people with depression also benefit from seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional.

What triggers anxiety and depression? ›

Difficult experiences in childhood, adolescence or adulthood are a common trigger for anxiety problems. Going through stress and trauma when you're very young is likely to have a particularly big impact. Experiences which can trigger anxiety problems include things like: physical or emotional abuse.

Is depression triggered by something? ›

No one knows the exact cause of depression, but researchers believe it is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Depression episodes can be triggered by factors such as stressful events, loss, illness, lifestyle habits, and substance use.

What is a trigger in mental health? ›

A trigger, sometimes referred to as a stressor, is an action or situation that can lead to an adverse emotional reaction. In the context of mental illness, referring to triggers usually means something that has brought on or worsened symptoms.

What are the 11 symptoms of depression? ›

11 Depression Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
  • A feeling of emptiness or sadness. ...
  • Reduced interest in activities you used to enjoy. ...
  • Lack of energy and constant fatigue. ...
  • Irritability. ...
  • Pain and other physical changes. ...
  • Sleep disorder. ...
  • Loss of appetite. ...
  • Lack of concentration.

What depression does to the brain? ›

When you suffer from depression, your brain is physically changed. Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that you lose gray matter volume (GMV) when you suffer from depression. This loss is caused by parts of your brain shrinking due to the hormone cortisol impeding the growth of your brain cells.

What defines depression? ›

Overview. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

What's the number one cause of depression? ›

Life events. Research suggests that continuing difficulties – long-term unemployment, living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, long-term isolation or loneliness, prolonged work stress – are more likely to cause depression than recent life stresses.

What are the three core symptoms of depression? ›

“Depressed mood” and “loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities” are core features of a major depressive episode, though a strong case can be made to pay increasing attention to symptoms of fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and neurocognitive and sexual dysfunction in the diagnosis and evaluation of ...

Is age a risk factor for depression? ›

Conclusions: Healthy, normally functioning older adults are at no greater risk for depression than younger adults. What seem to be age-related effects on depression are attributable to physical health problems and related disability.

What is the prevention of depression? ›

Can depression be prevented? You can help prevent depression by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet and practicing regular self-care activities such as exercise, meditation and yoga. If you've had depression before, you may be more likely to experience it again. If you have depression symptoms, get help.

What can be done to fight the symptoms of depression? ›

Here are nine ways a depressed person can engage in self-help to overcome or reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
  • Get Some Exercise. ...
  • Challenge Negative Thoughts. ...
  • Regularly Eat Wholesome Foods. ...
  • Get Adequate Sleep. ...
  • Drink Plenty of Water. ...
  • Make a Change in Routine. ...
  • Get a Routine. ...
  • Laughter.

How are people diagnosed with depression? ›

How is depression diagnosed? To be diagnosed with depression, an individual must have five depression symptoms every day, nearly all day, for at least 2 weeks. One of the symptoms must be a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities.

What are signs of high anxiety? ›

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense.
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
  • Having an increased heart rate.
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling.
  • Feeling weak or tired.
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.

What triggers anxiety at night? ›

There are many reasons why your anxiety may be worse at night. Daily stressors, poor sleep habits, and other health conditions can lead to increased anxiety and panic attacks at night. However, there are many treatments available that can help ease your anxiety and improve your quality of sleep.

Why does anxiety get worse at night? ›

"Those who struggle with daytime anxiety and panic attacks are more likely to experience anxiety at night because there are fewer distractions to prevent them from worrying excessively and further, their heightened anxiety is likely to affect their quality of sleep," Bijlani explains.

What's good for stress? ›

  • Get active. Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. ...
  • Meditate. ...
  • Laugh more. ...
  • Connect with others. ...
  • Assert yourself. ...
  • Try yoga. ...
  • Get enough sleep. ...
  • Keep a journal.

What are the 3 stress hormones? ›

Stress hormones include, but are not limited to: Cortisol, the main human stress hormone. Catecholamines such as adrenaline and norepinephrine. Vasopressin.

What are the three treatments for depression? ›

Three of the more common methods used in depression treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Often, a blended approach is used.

What is the new treatment for depression? ›

On March 5, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first new medication for major depression in decades. The drug is a nasal spray called esketamine, derived from ketamine—an anesthetic that has made waves for its surprising antidepressant effect.

What kind of therapy is used to treat depression? ›

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, helps an individual identify and change negative thoughts and associated behaviors. People who suffer from depression often struggle with negative thought patterns. These thought patterns can influence our behavior.

What foods increase anxiety? ›

Foods (and drinks) that are stress- and anxiety-provoking

Caffeine. Sugary drinks and foods. Processed foods, such as chips, cookies, frozen foods and ready-made meals. Foods high in trans fats and excessive saturated fats, such as fried foods, red meat, full-fat dairy, butter and baked goods.

What are 5 symptoms of anxiety? ›

Signs and Symptoms
  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge.
  • Being easily fatigued.
  • Having difficulty concentrating.
  • Being irritable.
  • Having headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains.
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry.
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Can sugar increase anxiety? ›

Sneaky added sugar

But added sugar is a contributor to overall anxiety. “Added sugars cause your blood sugar to go on a rollercoaster ride of spikes and crashes, and with it, your energy also goes up and down,” says Palinski-Wade. “When blood sugar crashes, your mood sours and anxiety levels can spike.”

What is an emotional trigger? ›

Emotional triggers are automatic responses to the way others express emotions, like anger or sadness. For example, you may not have a problem interacting with an angry person, but find it hard to deal with someone who's crying.

How long do most depressive episodes last? ›

So how long do depressive episodes last? Usually, the depressive episode length ranges from six months to eight months, depending on the person. While some people may have depression that fades, others may struggle with depression on and off their whole life.

Which is not a symptom of depression? ›

During a depressed period, you may feel sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities. But then it will switch to a period of mania, when you feel euphoric, energetic, or irritable. Those are not symptoms of clinical depression.

How do you control triggers? ›

Tips on Managing Your Emotional Triggers
  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings. Feelings are part of your everyday existence. ...
  2. You Deserve Some Space. ...
  3. Be Open-Minded. ...
  4. If You Feel Negative Emotions, Practice Positive Actions. ...
  5. Create Positive Memories from Positive Experiences. ...
  6. Learn to Communicate.
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Can depression make you hot? ›

Several studies have found a relationship between depression and hot flashes: depressed women are more likely to experience hot flashes and women with hot flashes are more likely to have depression. Other studies have found no association between hot flashes and depression.

Can depression cause tired eyes? ›

Trouble falling or staying asleep is common in people who are depressed. But some may find that they get too much shut-eye.

What are the 5 signs of mental illness? ›

  • Feeling sad or down.
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities.
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
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Can the brain repair itself after depression? ›

A depressed person's brain does not function normally, but it can recover, according to a study published in the August 11 issue of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology's scientific journal. Researchers measured the brain's responsiveness using magnetic stimulation over the brain and targeted muscle movement.

Can your brain shut down from depression? ›

There's growing evidence that several parts of the brain shrink in people with depression. Specifically, these areas lose gray matter volume (GMV). That's tissue with a lot of brain cells. GMV loss seems to be higher in people who have regular or ongoing depression with serious symptoms.

Is depression a chemical imbalance? ›

It's often said that depression results from a chemical imbalance, but that figure of speech doesn't capture how complex the disease is. Research suggests that depression doesn't spring from simply having too much or too little of certain brain chemicals.

What happens during a depression? ›

Key Takeaways. A depression is characterized as a dramatic downturn in economic activity in conjunction with a sharp fall in growth, employment, and production. The U.S. economy has experienced several recessions but just a handful of major economic depressions.

What is stress in human body? ›

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline.

Is anxiety a mental illness? ›

Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives. But anxiety disorders are treatable and a number of effective treatments are available. Treatment helps most people lead normal productive lives.

What is the prime cause of depression? ›

Research suggests that depression doesn't spring from simply having too much or too little of certain brain chemicals. Rather, there are many possible causes of depression, including faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, and stressful life events.

What is the prime cause of depression Class 12? ›

If the level of noradrenaline in the human body is low for some reason, then the message transfer process becomes slow and the person suffers from depression.

Are we born with depression? ›

Depression is known to run in families, suggesting that genetic factors contribute to the risk of developing this disease. However, research into the genetics of depression is in its early stages, and very little is known for certain about the genetic basis of the disease.

Is school a cause of depression? ›

While school offers many benefits to adolescents, such as connecting with peers, overscheduling and academic pressure can be a significant source of stress, contributing to mental health issues including teen depression.

What depression does to the brain? ›

When you suffer from depression, your brain is physically changed. Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that you lose gray matter volume (GMV) when you suffer from depression. This loss is caused by parts of your brain shrinking due to the hormone cortisol impeding the growth of your brain cells.

What is the sad hormone called? ›

production of serotonin – serotonin is a hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression.

What is the most common way to treat depression? ›

Medications and psychotherapy are effective for most people with depression. Your primary care doctor or psychiatrist can prescribe medications to relieve symptoms. However, many people with depression also benefit from seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional.

What is the real meaning of depression? ›

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

What is depression in simple words? ›

Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, it is estimated that 5% of adults suffer from the disorder. It is characterized by persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities. It can also disturb sleep and appetite. Tiredness and poor concentration are common.

What is depression Class 11? ›

Depression is a common, yet a serious medical disorder which is related to the person's mood that can affect anyone, every day and lasts for a longer time. This disorder is likely to affect women than men. It is a real condition that affects people of all genders and ages including children.

Can depression make you lose memory? ›

Depression may cause short-term memory loss. A 2018 study on people with depression found that memory complaints had correlations with more severe symptoms of depression. A 2014 meta-analysis of previous research found a clear association between depression and cognitive performance.

What causes low serotonin? ›

Certain drugs and substances such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, NutraSweet, antidepressants, and some cholesterol-lowering medications deplete serotonin and other neurotransmitter levels. Hormone changes cause low levels of serotonin and neurotransmitter imbalances.

How are people diagnosed with depression? ›

How is depression diagnosed? To be diagnosed with depression, an individual must have five depression symptoms every day, nearly all day, for at least 2 weeks. One of the symptoms must be a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities.

Why do many teenagers feel depressed? ›

There are multiple reasons why a teenager might become depressed. For example, teens can develop feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy over their grades. School performance, social status with peers, sexual orientation, or family life can each have a major effect on how a teen feels.

Why are teens so stressed? ›

Causes of stress for pre-teens and teenagers

relationships with friends and romantic relationships. life changes like leaving school, moving house, going to university or getting a job. too many things to do, and feeling unprepared or overwhelmed by tasks. exciting things, like trying a new sport.

What is the main cause of stress in teenagers? ›

Causes of teenage stress

expectations and pressure to do well at school from parents and family. their social relationships with friends and boyfriends/girlfriends and the issue of sex. extracurricular commitments. life challenges, such as leaving school or getting into tertiary studies or employment.


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