What are the main things that provoke depression?
Lots of things influence whether a person gets depressed. Biology, our environment and personality all shape the risks. Depression on average is first encountered during early adulthood. Young adults say goodbye to their childhood and teenage years, and they try to build their own path while dealing with life challenges and uncertainties. While encountering new life situations, managing tasks and responsibilities on their own, it is possible for young individuals to come across unlucky or unexpected outcomes and pitfalls. For some, these events could trigger feelings of sadness or frustration and may lead to a constant state of mind. Depression’s occurrence is twice as likely in women compared to men, but women are more likely to seek help and engage in psychiatric treatments for depression. All developmental stages have their milestones and difficulties. Balancing every factor future-, career-, social life-wise can become overwhelming, and it does. Everyone experiences setbacks and deal with stress, but it is essential to recognise when someone struggles with these obstacles in an unhealthy way.
Since depression is a curable mental illness, with a wide variety of treatments, asking for help should be encouraged. Psychotherapy or so-called talk therapy can be extremely effective, but the most advertised way of curing depression is with medication. Unfortunately, there are several barriers to seeking treatment, including cost (high-cost) and access (for one, waitlists) as well as emotional barriers, like embarrassment, fear of social consequences or some people may have no willingness to open up and discuss personal issues. All these factors are especially present in the life of young adults. According to WHO, there also appears to be a lack of resources, lack of trained health-care providers, and social stigma associated with mental disorders. So alternative treatments are continuously searched, such as relaxation techniques – meditation, exercise or a healthy shift in lifestyle which can help lift depression faster and are available, easily accessible for everyone.