Can I Become Depressed as an Adult If I Have No History of Depression?
Depression is a serious psychological disorder that annually affects many people. While genetic factors can increase the risk of depression, many other causes affect teens and adults alike, even if they have no previous history of depression. But, treatment is available, and recovery is possible.
What Is Depression?
The brain’s manages the body through a chemical system. These chemicals direct, along with many others, the following functions:
- Sleeping and waking
- Appetite and eating
- Romantic and sexual attraction
- Energy and metabolism
- Sadness and mourning
- Forming and recalling memories
Imbalances in this system can diminish capacity in any of these areas. While some people think depression is a matter of sadness, it is often more like numbness. A depressed individual can’t feel happy or optimistic, but she often feels relationally disconnected, lethargic and unable to appreciate the love and care of others. She may eat too much or not enough. Depression in adults can stem from any of the following causes:
- Hormonal changes that happen with aging
- Exposure to trauma such as injury or the loss of a loved one
- Sudden loss of employment
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Failed relationships
Any event that causes extreme emotions can potentially cause depression. While the medical community now deeply understands the causes of and treatment for depression, many people still refuse to accept that they are depressed or need help. In some cases, depression will fix itself, but for many patients it can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions.
How to Treat Depression
The good news is that depression is treatable. Whether through medical treatment, therapeutic counseling or a combination of both, real and lasting relief is available to those who seek it. The most successful depression treatment centers identify all aspects of the disease, including any contributing or co-occurring psychological disorders, and treat them all concurrently. Not all depression treatment programs are the same. Our helpline counselors can help you find the best program for your unique needs.
Who Can Help Me with My Depression?
Call our toll-free helpline which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; our caring counselors will answer any questions you have about depression and treatment. One of the most toxic effects of this disease is the inability to imagine its end. Call us and let us help you find the help you need and deserve.