AS@W Antidepressant Skills Workbook: Heling You Deal With Depression
What causes depression?

Depression is often triggered by very stressful life situations. If your attempts to cope with these situations by improving or accepting them have not been successful, you may begin to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Then the risk of a depressive episode increases. Some situations that can be associated with depression include: Work related stress

  • Major life events, particularly involving loss. Events such as the death of a loved one, moving, divorce, financial setbacks, or job loss are major disruptions in one’s life.
  • Lack of contact with other people. Social isolation is a significant risk factor for depression.
  • Relationship conflict. Times of conflict in personal relationships, whether marital or family, are extremely stressful and can contribute to the onset of depression.
  • Stress related to your job. This can take the form of employment uncertainty (not knowing whether your job will continue), friction with supervisors and co-workers, or overwork (human beings were never designed to work 16 hours a day, either in an occupation or around home).
  • Stress related to your physical health. This is especially true for health problems that are chronic, cause a lot of pain or disability, and only get partly better with treatment. Some physical illnesses or their treatments can trigger depression by their effects on the body. For example, hypothyroidism (a condition in which the thyroid gland secretes too little thyroid hormone) is often associated with fatigue and depression.

That doesn’t mean people only get depressed when things are going badly. Some people get depressed when their life has been going smoothly: depression just seems to come out of nowhere! Antidepressant skills like the ones taught in this book are just as useful for these people.

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