These 12 Things Can Also Trigger Depression

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Depression that is often felt by most people could be caused by trauma, financial problems, feelings of sadness, or even unemployment. Even so, even if you’re not experiencing serious problems, depression can also haunt you.

It may be that you are feeling depressed due to a few things that are rarely recognized. According to health.com, Friday (07/26/2013), the following are 12 unexpected things that can trigger depression:

1. Too much Facebook access 
Numerous studies showed that spending too much time in chat rooms or social networks are associated with depression, especially in teens and preteens. Internet addicts may struggle hard in order to interact with other people in the real world and their ability to make real friends also decrease. Thus, they also may have an unrealistic view of the life in the world. Some experts call it a ‘Facebook depression’.

In a 2010 study, researchers found that approximately 1.2 percent of people aged 15-51 years who spend more time online, have a moderate to severe level of depression that is higher. However, the researchers noted that it is unclear whether excessive Internet use causes depression or depression in the other hand cause people tend to use the Internet more often.

2. Hot weather
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is most commonly associated with winter illness that affects about five percent of people in America. Form of depression caused by hot weather is experienced by less than one percent of the people. According to Dr. Alfred Lewy, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, warm weather depression arises when the body experiences a delay adjustment for the new season.

“Rather than getting up and enjoy the sun, the body has difficulty adjusting to weather that could be caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals and mealtonin hormones” he added.

3. The end of a movie or TV show
In some people, depression can be triggered due to the end of something important, including movies and TV shows. In 2009, some Avatar movie fans reported feeling depressed and even experience suicidal risk because the life in the fictional world that is not real. This reaction is similar to the end of the Harry Potter sequel.

“While watching a movie, people tend to experience difficulties, especially in terms of dealing with other people,” said Emily Moyer Guse, an assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University in Columbus. For example, the movie Avatar, Emily suspect people may be washed in the film narrative and forget about real life as well as their own problems.

4. Too many choices
According to some psychologists, many options that are available in the form of dietary needs or household items is not a problem for buyers who prioritize their needs. But, for people who respond to this by reviewing the options varied more in order to get the best items, it can trigger depression. Research shows that a person’s choice to an item is associated with perfectionism and depression.

5. Lack consumption of fish
Low intake of omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish oil, salmon, and vegetables, may be associated with a greater risk of depression. A 2004 study in Finland found an association between eating less fish and the occurrence of depression in women, but not in men. Fatty acids can regulate neurotransmitters like serotonin that are associated with depression. A study found that fish oil supplements may help people suffering from depression in bipolar disorder.

6. Bad fraternal relations
Relationship with anyone who is not happy can lead to depression. A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 2007 found that men who do not get along with their siblings before age 20 are more likely to experience depression later in life than those who do get along well. Although it is not clear what is significant to the relationship (not applicable on relationships with parents), researchers suggest parents can help their children develop the ability to connect with peers and socialize. Whatever the reason, too much fighting is associated with a greater risk of developing depression before age 50 years.

7. Birth control pills
“Like drugs, birth control pills also have side effects. Oral contraceptives contain synthetic versions of progesterone which some studies say could lead to depression in some women. Though the reason is not clear,” said Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University, New York.

This does not happen to everyone, but if a woman has a history of depression or prone to depression, they have an increased chance of depression symptoms while taking birth control pills. “Some women can not take birth control pills and therefore they look for other alternatives such as a diaphragm contraceptive that does not contain hormones,” said Hutcherson.

8. Drug side effects
Depression is one of the side effects of drugs. Examples for some people, Accutane and its generic versions of isotretinoin that is prescribed to treat severe acne could potentially cause depression and suicidal thoughts. Depression can also be a side effect of painkillers and insomnia drugs, including Valium, Xanax, and Lopressor prescribed to treat high blood pressure.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Lipitor and Premarin for menopausal symptoms can also have an effect on depression. Therefore, always read the side effects when taking a new drug  and always consult your doctor whether the drug could lead to the risk of depression in you.

9. Smoking
Smoking has long been linked to depression and in fact, people who smoke are more likely to develop depression. This is due to the nicotine in cigarettes that affect neurotransmitter activity in the brain which thereby increase the levels of dopamine and serotonin.

This mechanism also wors on an antidepressant medication. The addictive nature of cigarettes affect mood swings. Therefore, by avoiding tobacco, you will help balance your brain chemistry.

10. Poor sleeping habits
Lack of sleep leads to reduced body reflexes than can also increase the risk of depression. A 2007 study found that the study participants who were not allowed to sleep, have greater brain activity after viewing upsetting images than other participants who rested. This reaction is similar to patients with depression.

“If you do not sleep, you do not have time to fill cells of the brain therefore the brain does not function properly and it is one of the many causes of depression,” said Dr. Matthew Edlund, director of the Center for Circadian Medicine in Sarasota, Florida and author ‘The Power of Rest’.

11. Where you live
Research shows that people living in urban areas had a 39 percent higher risk of having a mood disorder than those who live in rural areas. A study in the Nature journa  in 2011 explained this trend. City dwellers have more activity in the parts of the brain, which is useful to regulate stress.

Higher levels of stress can lead to psychotic disorders. The depression rate in each country also varies. Citizens in rich countries have higher levels of depression than low-income countries. In fact, higher rates of depression is also affect the increased risk of suicide.

12. Thyroid Disease
Depression is one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism in which the thyroid gland (butterfly-shaped gland in the neck) do not produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is multifunctional and its main task which acts as a neurotransmitter and regulate serotonin levels. If you experience symptoms of depression accompanied by sensitivity to cold, constipation, and fatigue, so you can suffer from hypothyroidism.

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