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Lifestyle Factors That Make You Feel Depressed

Depression never develops overnight, but gradually. Take a look at the lifestyle factors that may make you feel depressed.

Mental Health By Himanshu Sharma / Sep 22, 2014

How does Depression Start?

Depression never decelops overnight, but happens gradually. A traumatic event of sorts is sometimes the reason behind depression. Noticing negative things in everything, sleeping problems, questioning self-worth and feeling hopelessness are some of the harbingers of depression. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Work-life Problems

Sometimes, petty work-life concerns make it very difficult for us to think clearly or concentrate. Making a simple choice can seem overwhelming. Depression starts with us taking a decision today that we end up regretting later. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation not only saps energy but makes you fragile and affects mood. If sleep deprivation becomes a vicious cycle, you start to feel depressed. It is important to ensure proper sleep hygiene and not let anything take a toll on you and most importantly, your sleep. (Image source:Gettyimages)


A trauma in childhood, such as the loss of a parent before adolescence, child neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, and parental divorce could make you depressed. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Lack of Social Support

Not having supportive relationships ups the risk of depression. Studies have reported a rate of depression in women who are at home with young children and those who describe themselves as isolated. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Physical Illness

Physical illnesses can be difficult to cope with and make you miserable. There are certain medical conditions that can induce negative feeling, limit movements or restrict things that you love. In such a situation, there is a fair chance of depression to set in. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Not Meeting Expectations

When you are not able to cope with stressful situations, you may develop depression. Considering yourself to be a machine, which can meet any expectation and make no mistakes, may lead to stress. Some amount of stress is good, but when you can’t take the pressure off, depression may set in. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Poor Diet

Over the years, studies have been suggesting the link between nutrient deficiencies/food allergies and depression. For example, vitamins B and D deficiencies are related to a depressed mood. Poor diet can precede the onset of depression. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Substance Abuse

Tobacco, alcohol or illicit drug abuse can lead to depression. Others may misuse substances when they feel bad and gradually get addicted to them. (Image source:Gettyimages)


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