Depression can be caused by hereditary issues, organic issues, or are due to situational factors. Bipolar is a type of mood disorder that can be hereditary based. Major depression may not be due to hereditary, but could have originated due to an organic imbalance in the patient’s brain. Situational factors such as; death of a significant other, loss of a friendship, trying to balance overwhelming odds, and dealing with something that you feel you cannot control. As you can see, situational depression can and does affect most of us. It may become more complicated when you have a situational depression that is coupled with bipolar or major depression. In addition, medical issues can cause depression or depression may be the outcome of a medical diagnosis. It is appropriate for this to be determined by a professional so as to more effectively help you on your journey to become healthier.
To determine if you are dealing with depression let’s review the behavioral definitions:
- Sad or flat affect.
- Preoccupation with the subject of death.
- Suicidal thoughts and/or actions.
- Moody – irritability.
- Isolation from family and/or peers.
- Deterioration of academic performance.
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
- Refusal to communicate openly.
- Use of addictive substances and behaviors to elevate mood.
- Low energy.
- Little or no eye contact and frequent verbalizations of low self-esteem.
- Reduced appetite.
- Increased sleep.
- Poor concentration and indecision.
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or inappropriate guilt.
- Unresolved grief issues.
- Mood-related hallucinations or delusions.
Having a few of these depression markers suggest it would be a good idea to seek help. You and your therapist can formulate goals that are attainable and become a benchmark that your life is becoming more enjoyable and you will have a sense of contentment. Please call (262)375-9225.