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Learning your Depression Triggers

Someone struggling with depression knows there are times when symptoms return. This is depression triggers where there are some very personal things that set off a depressive episode. These triggers overwhelm someone’s ability to cope . Some possible triggers include:
  1. Quitting Treatment: When someone’s depression returns, one reason is because they have quit treatment. We start to feel better and so we stop our treatment plan then our symptoms start to return. If you stay with your treatment plan you are less likely to have a depression relapse.
  2. Traumatic events: If there were a personal traumatic event or even a widespread event. For example a bad car accident you were in, a major natural disaster in your area that you had to evacuate and you weren’t sure if your home was still there when you returned. This would definitely be a reason for a relapse.
  3. Death: Statistics show 1 in 5 people develop major depression after the death of a loved one. Even though we know that grief is part of death it is still a trigger for our depression. Depending on how close we are with our loved one this may cause our depression to worsen. We may need to contact our therapist or doctor.
  4. Hormonal Changes: This is pretty unique to women. Hormonal changes can trigger depression. When a women starts going through puberty, during and after pregnancy and menopause. If you have a depression disorder you have a greater risk of postpartum depression.
  5. Divorce: getting divorced while having depression raises your risk for triggering your depression. 60% of divorced adults with a history of depression had another depression episode. Only 10% of divorced adults without a history of depression had experienced depression during the divorce process.
  6. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed: Having too many things on your “to do list” and not enough time to get it all done. Have to learn to set boundaries or break it down into smaller tasks so you aren’t as overwhelmed.
  7. Another medical condition. You are dealing with your depression and work hard to keep it under control. Then you’re diagnosed with another medical condition. Which means tests, medications, treatment plans and bills.
  8. Losing your job. You may trigger your depression if you were to lose or get laid off from your job. Whether it be feeling failure, missing coworkers, and financial stress.
  9. Sexual Problems: lack of sexual desire due to the stresses of life and your depression. Your mood can also affect your desire. Medications that you take also will affect your sexual desire. If it is triggering your depression you may consider talking to your doctor to see if there is a different medication or something you can do to help.
  10. Being Overweight. When you are overweight and not liking the way you are feeling it can also affect your physical health and your mental health. You want to try to remain active and have a well-balanced diet which is also suggested when depressed.
  11. Poor Sleeping Habits: People who sleep less than 6 or more than 8 hours at a time are more likely to become depressed. To reduce your risk of becoming depressed by your sleeping habits:
  12. Have a consistent bed time and wake up time.
  13. Turn off electronics before bed time.
  14. Have your room be a calm atmosphere. Reduce sources of light and noise.
  15. Have some relaxation before bed (sleepy time tea, hot bad, ASMR)
To minimize depression triggers-
 
Sometimes things happen that are unavoidable and we have to work through those times. If you being to feel overwhelmed and stressed or feeling like you may relapse with your depression you may take some of the following steps.
  1. Get through it with positive talk. “This is just a bad moment, not a bad life.
2. Nurture Yourself. Listen to music, take a hot bath, do something you enjoy to do, crafts or something you enjoy.
3. Reach out to others. If you are feeling worse than normal or not coming out of it you can always reach out to your doctor. Relapse is very common.
 
With my triggers I have quit treatment as I’ve mentioned in “my journey” and every time I have relapsed. I’ve dealt with a relapse with the death of my stepdad which was mentioned in “The truths of death and guilt”. During my cycle when my hormones are a mess I can deal with some ups and downs with my mood swings. While dealing with my divorce I was struggling with my depression because after 1 year of marriage, it was ending. I have also been dealing with other medical conditions which can be very stressful with all my different medications. It’s hard to juggle it all sometimes.
 
“It can take you years to actually face what has happened and numerous more to overcome it.” –Carol Sides
 
Remember that depression is nothing to be ashamed of! ❤
 
Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to this picture. I am not a medical professional, if you are having a medical emergency please contact 911 immediately. This post is for informational purposes only. If you believe you have a medical issue contact your local medical provider.

6 thoughts on “Learning your Depression Triggers”

  1. Amazing. I relate to a lot of it, as I’ve been very down and out, battling with depression and anxiety through out my teens. Really well written! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I used to think I was alone in a lot of my thoughts but its nice to know that we are not alone. 🙂 I hope you are doing well with your battle with anxiety and depression.

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