stressful experience

Relationships, environmental changes, present encounters, social roles and pressure can significantly increase the likelihood of becoming depressed. Day to day experiences influence the onset of depression more than the experiences during one’s early years.

Over the years, many people have considered highly destructive encounters, such as unfulfilled love, as the catalyst to becoming depressed. Experiments revealed that the tendency of becoming depressed is multiplied five to six times after a stressful experience, but only a few individuals really become depressed. This shows that stress and depression are only slightly correlated; there are other reasons that cause one to be depressed.

One’s social interactions and being depressed share a circular relationship, with one influencing the other. A compromise on relationships and communication skills, which lead to strained ties, are the catalysts to becoming depressed. Eventually, depressed people become easily annoyed, shutting off from people and the activities they once enjoyed.

Early distressing experiences such as abuse and the loss of loved ones may stir one’s emotions so much that they are predisposed to becoming depressed upon substantial stress in the future. The accumulated stress over time triggers the parts of the brain that control emotions, eventually resulting in behavioral changes and depression.