There are many different causes of depression. For some people, there may not be one single reason but several triggers that have come together over time. Losing someone you love, divorce, illness, redundancy and professional or financial worries can all be at the heart of a person’s depression. Or it could be a knock-on effect of several distressing events – perhaps your relationship has broken down and you find yourself increasingly isolated as you can’t really face friends and family and start drinking more.

Research suggests that you’re more likely to develop depression as you get older. People living with long-term health conditions such as MS or cancer are more prone to depression, as are people with a family history, which can be more possible causes of depression.

Head injuries can also cause of depression alongside mood swings. You’re also more at risk of developing depression if you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Post-natal depression can occur after giving birth. This can be a very difficult time for women as they experience hormonal and physical changes as well as all the responsibility of having a new baby.

Alcohol, drugs and depression

It can be very difficult to keep a healthy perspective when you’re living with depression and many people turn to alcohol and/or drugs. This can lead to a spiral of depression and in the worst cases, alcohol and drug addiction.

Alcohol is a depressant and can only make things worse. The same is true of many drugs. If you feel you’re drinking too much or are taking drugs, it’s vital to get help right away.

Treatment for depression

Many people overcome depression and go on to lead healthy, happy lives. It’s important to appreciate the seriousness of depression and get the right help for you.

A recovery/rehabilitation centre may seem like a big step, but it can be a very effective way to make a change for the better. At Step One Recovery, we’ll work with you on a one-to-one basis to identify the underlying causes of your depression. We take a holistic approach and devise an individual treatment programme that incorporates psychotherapy, medical support and diet and exercise. Contacting Step One recovery with your causes iof depression could be the best thing you do. Find out more here…