Causes of Depression II
Anger and Depression II
and Alcohol II Stress and Depression
Stress and Depression.
Itís normal to experience depression and itís normal to experience
stress, but the two become a lethal combination when left
untreated for a length of time.
Your body has stress hormones for a reason: to warn you to respond
and guard your body in case of emergencies or attack. However, the
human body was not intended to handle stress over long periods of
time. Too much stress leads to depression or even suicide.
Some of the
symptoms of depression that are the result of stress
include crying spells, fatigue, imagined and actual pain, sleeping
disturbances, panic attacks and nightmares.
Experts say stress hormones that remain switched on can destroy
and slow the growth of nerve fibers in hippocampus, which is
linked to emotions that cause depression as well as memory.
Some people experience depression because they donít feel
successful handling the job responsibilities they associate with
feeling extreme stress. They might say they feel too much stress,
surrendering to depression and what they view as inevitable
Itís important for a person experiencing depression related to
stress to learn to adapt to situations. People who are flexible
and have a ďgo with the flowĒ approach to life are much less
likely to feel stress and depression. These people simply do not
let situations or people stress them out.
Climbing the career or social ladder may cause stress and lead to
depression in our fast-paced, materialistic society. Take time to
set goals, evaluate your life dreams but be realistic so you donít
feel too much stress or depression if your timetable is not met.
Depression and stress affect both men and women and people of all
ages. Ongoing stress may create feelings of depression in a child
who may adopt a melancholic personality for life.
Traumatic life events may cause stress and depression so itís
important to prepare ahead of time by forming a support network of
friends and family. Some of the major life events associated with
stress and depression include death, divorce, relocation, midlife
crisis, money problems, and the challenge of dealing with a sick
child or spouse, pain and suicide in the family.
People who feel stress about being laid off from their jobs or are
under stress because they canít find a job after graduating from
college often suffer with stress-induced depression.
Stress and depression affects both men and women. Still, women
often deal with the stress of physical, sexual, verbal and
emotional abuse, which is associated with depression. They are
also more likely to feel stress from trying to do it all, taking
care of family, home and career.
Stress induced depression often manifests itself with decreased
energy, appetite, a desire to sleep more than 10 hours, crying
binges, loss of interest in sex or recreational activities and
thoughts of suicide. If you are experiencing symptoms of
depression such as these related to stress, seek professional
Although over100 neurochemicals are found in the human brain,
four neurotransmitters - norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, and
acetycholine - receive the bulk of research the focus. Of these
four high-profile neurotransmitters, serotonin has the most
widespread effect on the brain. Serotonin is often referred to as the body's natural
mood-altering drug and changes in serotonin levels can quickly
alter mood. If serotonin levels drop to low levels, depression is
almost sure to follow. Some antidepressant medications work
specifically to affect the action of serotonin. Deprex, a natural
antidepressant, naturally works to stimulant serotonin levels
without the side effects commonly associated with antidepressants.