Depression is a mood disorder that is characterized by persistent, intense feelings of sadness, low mood, and loss of interest in activities. This mental illness affects an estimated 1 in 15 adults in any given year, and 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some point in their life. Aside from the common depression triggers, others are less obvious.
As a trusted provider of behavioral health services in Phoenix, Arizona, we will discuss the lesser-known factors that can cause depression:
- Seasonal Changes
Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression that begins and ends at about the same time each year. SAD is related to changes in seasons and may be referred to as “winter depression” as the symptoms usually worsen and become more apparent during winter. Weather changes can make it difficult for the body to acclimate, resulting in imbalances in brain chemistry.
- Poor Sleep Habits
Not getting enough sleep, or good quality sleep can result in irritability and increase the risk of depression. Lack of sleep affects brain functioning, which can lead to depression. A behavioral health provider can determine the cause of poor sleep to improve mood and brain function.
- Social Media Overload
Spending too much time on social media can increase the risk of depression, especially if you use four or more social media platforms. Feeling an intense emotional connection to social media and constantly checking your own profile can lead to dissatisfaction and also increase anxiety.
Amani Behavioral Health Services LLC is a trusted provider of high-quality mental health services in Arizona. If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression, we are here to help. Reach out to us to learn more about our services.