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Is it normal for depression to come back? I felt like I worked through it years ago but now it's back.

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Last Updated: 06/28/2021 at 12:59am
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June 13th, 2016 10:31pm
It is a very normal thing. It is called a relapse. This is usually caused by a trigger and only last for a short amount of time just try to remember that you beat it once and you can do it again :)
May 9th, 2015 10:54pm
Yes, unfortunately it is not uncommon to have multiple episodes of depression during ones lifetime.
October 10th, 2017 2:01am
Yes - depression is a mental illness, and for some people, it will never go away. Sometimes small things can trigger depression - like missing the bus, or dropping a book on the floor. But that's okay, though. It's okay to seek help even though you haven't needed it for a while. If you have battled it before, you can always battle it again
March 3rd, 2015 6:41pm
Yes, it is very normal to experience depression once, twice, or dozens of times. It's all good. :)
May 14th, 2015 7:52pm
Absolutely. Depression can be caused by traumatic incidents and those never go away. We get stronger, we learn to cope, to process, to gain perspective but they never go away. And all it takes is a trigger, and sometimes it can be a trigger you don't even know. For example, let's say that during your darkest days you were in college, and sometimes while there, while depressed, you were around someone that wore a perfume that can be associated with that bad time in your life. Sure enough, years later, you smell that smell and your mind associates it with your trauma. Next thing you know, you are feeling pain, depressed, sad, and you have no clue why. Or someone maybe says something that is a trigger from years gone by. WIth me, it's negative statements that resemble what my parents said when I was young. It doesn't even need to be directed towards me. I catch it quickly nowadays 99% of the time but sometimes, it just happens. If left unchecked, it can come back full force.
June 13th, 2015 11:36am
Yes, if you have been depressed before. But its nothing like you cant tackle it. If ypu managed to tackle it once then you can do it again too! Just have faith in yourself!
June 22nd, 2015 3:00pm
It is entirely normal for depression to come and go. It is considered an illness, so even if you fight it and feel like it's gone, it's still there. Try not to shame yourself because it isn't anything you did or didn't do.
July 7th, 2015 12:27am
Sometimes depression has no apparent cause and can happen at any moment in our lives. People experience depression in different ways depending on the type of depression and individual differences. Some deal with it only once, in patches, or throughout most of their life.
July 28th, 2015 4:38am
Yes. It is normal. (In my opinion) most people end up becoming depressed again. Why? I'm not really sure. It just happens.
August 3rd, 2015 2:06pm
It is natural for it to come back, No matter how cheesy it sounds you just have to stay happy and keep being strong.
September 22nd, 2015 11:11am
Definitely normal, often depression comes in waves, or if someone has experienced it before, it is more likely to resurface. This is not at all out of the ordinary and you should not feel bad about yourself, seek help, and you can definitely work through this again.
Anonymous - Expert in Depression
November 6th, 2015 3:49am
Of course, you will experience many relapses in your life time, the only difference is you will be more prepared for the next. Depression is going to be very difficult to get rid of completely. But there's fight in you, I know you're going to be able to win this.
November 23rd, 2015 9:12pm
Yes it is normal and pretty common! It's usally referred to as depression relapse. Depression is often cyclical or triggered by an outside event. Your depression coming back is absolutely not a failure on your part. You are a survivor and you can work through it again. If you do not already have a counselor, try going to to find a therapist near you to help you work through it.
November 30th, 2015 7:23am
Depression is a lifelong disorder. You will have ups and downs but just know that you will have better times.
April 25th, 2016 1:50am
Yeah it is perfectly normal. In fact, one of the facts about depression is it never really goes out. You can feel normal for a long period of time, however, any triggers may pull you towards the depression. Depression is not a switch that can be closed on and off. It comes due to triggering thoughts/ memory.
May 23rd, 2016 6:45am
Yes it is normal. It's most likely the stress that you are going through right now. Try and relax and maybe tell someone about it so they can help you go through this so you're not alone.
August 23rd, 2016 1:09pm
Depression never really goes away, it's just managed. Sometimes things happen in our lives that can set us back a little bit in our depression recovery. It is best to speak to a professional if you're feeling bad again, and identify the triggers.
September 26th, 2016 1:23am
Depression often comes back but just because it comes back doesnt mean you can beat it again as you have beaten it once so you are able to do it again
January 3rd, 2017 2:45am
Yes, this is normal. Anything can bring back depression. I once went several years before becoming depressed again for a different reason. It's ok if it comes back, take your time to work through it and do you.
January 10th, 2017 7:23pm
In my experience, it did come back. However, I felt like I was more prepared and able to overcome it easier than I did the first time. Just remember it doesn't last forever and you will get through it.
August 21st, 2017 1:00am
Recovery is not linear, there will be ups and downs. Perhaps talking about your worries may help prevent them from causing you to become depressed again.
October 9th, 2017 9:54pm
It is of course. The term used is a relapse. Even though you have fought it before that does not necessarily mean it will be easier the next time. Its important to mention this to your Support team either you G.P or Therapist.
November 20th, 2017 9:30am
I tend to think of depression like a grizzly bear; it has its hibernation periods. For the fortunate few the bear will come, feeding on their garbage and eventually move on but for others the bear may choose to become a regular. Slinking back off to its den every now and again, letting you feel like finally you’re alone before making its reentrance full force and roaring, hungry for more. However that’s not to say things can’t be done to tame a bear. Learning to live along side your bear is possible. When your bear is making too much mess in what was your neatly tucked away garbage you can always use redirection; give the bear something to occupy it, an activity to channel the urges and distract from the festering food left out. You and your bear will find and fall into a manageable routine until hibernation period comes again- or perhaps your bear will be full, maybe the garbage is gone finally and you and your bear will part ways. Either way there’s lots of people with their own bears, talk to them about how they handle theirs and it may just help you with yours.
April 24th, 2018 4:38pm
Yes it is normal for depression to come back, even years later. Was there anything particular that helped you through last time? Maybe try these things again and reach out for some support
June 19th, 2018 3:19pm
It's perfectly normal! Depression can happen at anytime so if you feel like it's back, I think you should consider speaking to someone. Perhaps take a survey online for your symptoms, if you want to be sure.
October 15th, 2018 2:56pm
It is completely normal, don't feel bad! It can sometimes be hard because we worked so hard on it before but it is completely normal and it can come back through recent events or thoughts and feelings or just from nothing, all of that is completely normal. Don't give up! Do all the same things that you did before and with time it will be gone. Be easy on yourself and most importantly know that it is a natural feeling and it is just a feeling so don't be scared of it. I hope this helped! Message me at any time. I send you love and I'm keeping you in my prayers.
December 31st, 2018 12:36pm
Depression is natural as winter is in the yearly cycle. Or like night, in daily cycle. One will avoid depression only if one wants super elation from dopamine releases in the brain. But these 2 states are connected like day and night. So you cannot have one without the other. It's like depression is below the line, and "happy" is above the line. Also, when goals are achieved, changes come, and these changes are interpreted like "depression". Old things go away, but we are attached to old things, old ways, and we feel depressed because we see they go away, or we see that they are not here anymore. Goals. New goals. Bigger goals. This helps with depression always. A new cycle. A new target. Bigger target than the previous. But not too big, because if the difference is too high, then it's easy to fall into the traps of "failures" and bla bla. New goals.
June 28th, 2021 12:59am
Yes. Depression is different for everybody and everyone works at a different pace (aka some heal faster than others). I've suffered from depression for 3 years and can say that I'm a slow healer rather than a fast one. I have lost my grandmother who I was close with which is when my depression started. After talking to people and learning techniques to manage my depression, I was able to overcome it... so I thought. It comes back when you least expect it and it never goes away. But there are always ways to manage it. Please reach out to one of our listeners if you need somebody to talk to and listen to you!