How Does Depression Affect Your Relationships
Living with a major depressive disorder is hard. Some days You are fine and other days your symptoms come back and you go back to that deep pit again.
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. We all go through ups and downs in our mood. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s stress, struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness. Some people describe it as “living in a black hole”.
However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all, they may feel lifeless, empty and apathetic. Men in particular, may even feel stressed, angry, aggressive and restless. Men and women express depression differently.
Here are 10 things that can cause Depression:
- Lack of social support, friendships and social life
- Recent stressful life experiences
- Family history of depression
- Marriage or relationship problems
- Financial issues
- Early childhood trauma or abuse
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Unemployment or underemployment
- Health problems or chronic pain
Every one of these things is changeable even the family history of depression can be changed.
The reason I say that is because if you’ve grown up with a parent who has depression you would have unconsciously learnt how to feel and behave as if you have it too. It doesn’t mean that you actually have it too.
I do agree that if you have a chemical imbalance in your brain then you would benefit from medication that will help you balance your levels but really, have you ever been tested for chemical imbalances in your brain? Probably not.
Depression is not just the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, and is not simply cured with medication. Experts believe it’s caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. In other words, your lifestyle choices, relationships and coping skills matter just as much, if not more so than genetics.
The lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. It’s different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep and have fun. The feelings of anxiety, helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. However, no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better.