Why am I so depressed

Depression is a serious mental health issue which affects almost everyone in their lifetime. Being rich and affluent or poor and a peasant does not make one immune to depression.

We all experience trauma, stress and pain. Our ability or inability to manage stress, determines the health of our mental state. If you are feeling depressed, just know that you are not alone. From one generation to the next, people have, and still battle with depression.

There are a number of reasons why you are feeling depressed, Psychology Today (2014) proposes ten plausible reasons, here are four:

Brain chemicals

We all experience and tolerate stress differently. Thus, our brains have different levels of sensitivity to stress. “The most common forms of antidepressants target the neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine because some research concludes that low levels of these chemical motivators are part of what makes us depressed” (Psychology Today 2014).

The weather/environment

Our immediate surroundings have an impact on our emotions and behaviour. Research has shown that our mood swings differ across all seasons. The effects of the weather on our psychological being may lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder – “a condition in which the winter blues turn into full-blown depression along with associated changes in sleep, appetite, and motivation” (Psychology Today 2014).

Hormones

Your feelings of depression may be caused by fluctuation in your hormones: “Hormones fluctuate during the menstrual cycle and may create vulnerability to sad or depressed moods in the premenstrual period, as well as during perimenopause, and menopause” (Psychology Today 2014).

Our expectations

When our lives do not go as we plan and according to our expectations, we battle with feelings of confusion and sadness as we attempt to make sense of our experience. Our constant comparison with other people’s lives makes us feel incompetent and worthless. The world of social media exposes us to other people’s lives and we use these carefully curated realities to measure our success and worth.

The best way to deal with a depressive state is to consult with a psychologist for counselling or a doctor for antidepressant medication. Always remember that you are not alone in this.