Life is full of ups and downs that affect our mood — sadness and helplessness are common to us all from time to time. We often incorrectly refer to these temporary states as “depression”. But depression is more than this; depression is the result of mood-regulating neurotransmitters not functioning properly.
What Causes Depression?
Factors that can cause or trigger depression include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Personality type
- Other illnesses
- Drugs and alcohol
- Life–changing events
Should I seek depression counselling?
A chronic sense of emptiness and despair are the key characteristics of depression. Not just a temporary “low,” depression can mean it’s difficult to function as before. Common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling hopeless and helpless about your current situation and future
- Lifelessness or feeling apathetic
- Lack of interest in hobbies and spending time with friends
- Moodiness or irritability
- Feeling angry, aggressive and restless
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in sleep habits – either insomnia or oversleeping
- Changes in appetite – Increase or decrease
All of the above are common from time to time, but experiencing many of these symptoms for an extended period of time may be a sign that you are suffering from depression. Counselling can help establish the causes and treatment for your symptoms. Depression counselling is one of the key steps in recovery.