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3 Things That Can Trigger The Sudden Onset Of Depression

If you suffer from long-term depression, you will know that it comes and goes from time to time and you just have to learn how to manage the difficult periods when they come up. Dealing with the underlying causes of depression is a long process and it’s something that you will have to live with until you can tackle it. For a lot of people, it never goes away entirely. 

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In a lot of cases, it starts as fairly regular feelings of sadness, which eventually develop into chronic depression. But what if you have never experienced depression before and it just comes out of nowhere? It can be so scary if you suddenly fall into a deep depression overnight. It’s important to understand what the triggers are in this situation so you can deal with your low feelings. These are some of the things that can cause a sudden onset of depression.

Traumatic Events

Traumatic events like losing a loved one are always likely to lead to a period of depression. If you have endured the death of someone close to you, then it’s completely natural for you to go through some tough times. Other traumatic events can have the same effect. However, people can be detached from their feelings in situations like this. They don’t consciously feel sad about the loss or the trauma and they don’t see the depression as being linked. But, in most cases, there is a direct link between the two and you need to deal with your feelings about the trauma if you want to manage the depression. 

Hormonal Changes

One of the things that can cause a sudden onset of depression is hormonal changes in your body. As we get older, our hormone levels naturally fluctuate and this can cause depression. It’s well documented that women often experience mental health issues during menopause for this reason. However, it can affect anybody and people often have feelings of depression due to low testosterone. Don’t worry though, you can get your best-self back with TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). These treatments are becoming more common in people with mental health issues, as well as problems with fatigue or sexual health. By addressing the hormone imbalance, depression can be managed a lot more effectively. 

Medication Side Effects

Depression can be a side effect of certain medications. It’s often hard to know if this is what’s causing your symptoms because you could have become depressed for any number of reasons. Once you start medication though, the symptoms may suddenly blossom into something worse. You might even think that there is no link between the two at all and just assume that you are more likely to experience depression than most people. But if it’s come out of nowhere, it’s likely to be a side effect. Speak to your doctor about it because they can usually offer an alternative medication that will not affect you in the same way. 

The sudden onset of severe depression is usually caused by a specific trigger. Once you can work out what that trigger is, it’s much easier to manage your mental health. 

Karla Urwitz
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