What Factors Cause Depression?
Depression affects millions of Americans every year. It impacts every race, every gender, every age group, and every social class. While there is no definitive cause of depression, there are factors that can lead to depression. Here we will explore some potential causes of depression, along with tips for how to get depression treatment.
Experiences from the Past
Depression is often sparked by a traumatic event. The loss of a loved one, parents getting a divorce, abuse, neglect, a difficult relationship breakup – any number of instances can plant the seed for depression. These events do not have to be traumatic either. You could simply go through something that affected you in a negative way. If you go through depression therapy, you will learn how to bring closure to the past so you can move forward to a brighter future.
A family history of depression may make a person more susceptible to depression. With that in mind, you are not guaranteed to develop depression if several family members have had it. Depression is a personal experience, and no two cases are exactly alike.
There are countless personal factors that could influence a person’s depression. For instance, you may have developed depression because of an addiction. You may have taken prescribed medication with depression as a potential side effect. You may be surrounded by negative people who alter your perspective on the world. You may have chronic pain or illness that makes you feel depressed and isolated at times. The possibilities are endless, but a depression therapist can help you get to the root of the matter.
Distorted thinking occurs when your mind interprets a situation in a negative way. The best example of this is jumping to conclusions or predicting the future, where you assume something will turn out wrong without enough evidence to conclude that. Overcoming distorted thinking is an important part of depression treatment. You can learn how to recognize negative thought patterns and adjust them over time.
How to Get Personalized Depression Treatment
No matter what caused your depression in the first place, there are treatment options available for you. You can work with a professional depression therapist to find personalized solutions for your experiences. Learn how to handle your depression symptoms on a daily basis, and bring closure to events from your past. If you need medication for depression treatment, you can work with a psychiatrist to find the right prescription for you.
Midwest Psychological Services offers depression counseling and psychiatry services. We accept many forms of insurance, and we pair each client with the best mental health professional for his or her needs. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a therapist near you, call (715) 381-1980.