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Why do i feel depressed all of a sudden out of no where?

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Last Updated: 09/14/2021 at 8:50pm
Why do i feel depressed all of a sudden out of no where?
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August 3rd, 2015 3:08pm
Sometimes you can just think of a bad experience or something small and your mind over thinks the situation which can leave you feeling randomly depressed, and sometimes it gets triggered by looking at something you're not happy with which will cause you to feel depressed out of no where. It is okay though, there are actions you can take to help minimise these occurrences and help you feel better.
June 7th, 2015 2:09am
Hormones in your brain can cause you to suddenly feel depressed. Especially as a young adult, your brain is growing from being a child's brain to a fully formed one, and many of the electrodes get messed up. When this happens, you may feel mood swings, or sudden depression. It may only last a day, but sometimes it can last much longer than that.
January 22nd, 2016 3:00pm
. Maybe theres an incident which is the cause of your depression. Or maybe you just dont have anything to do. I mean to something fun and that will at least keep you engaged for sometime. Like go to the mall, watch a movie, read a book, study, go out with your friends for lunch, exercise. Maybe you're overthinking stuff too much. I know cause thats a problem with me. Dont think about people who dont care about you. Cause you're wasting your time while they're probably having the time of their lives. Basically stop thinking about how sad you are and how you cant do anything. Stop being depressed. You arent useless. If you were god wouldnt have gotten you into this world. Everyones here for a reason. Do something that makes you happy.
December 25th, 2015 12:29pm
Sometimes when are free and have nothing to do we tend to think about our problems and then negative thoughts gather in our mind. That mind be the reason for you to feel depressed all of a sudden
February 16th, 2015 5:38pm
Sometimes there is a chemical imbalance in our brains that makes us feel depressed for no reason. It's like something is missing, medication can help produce the chemical so you're not as depressed.
April 22nd, 2016 10:14pm
There could be many reasons. When I feel depressed out of nowhere, it's usually because I have been keeping negative thoughts and emotions bottled up. If you ignore your negative feelings, those negative feelings will still find their way to get out. This often leads to a depressive episode, a mental break down, anxiety attack or really aggressive and irritated behaviour (every person is different!). I often don't even notice that I am repressing some thoughts or feelings. Because that's how I have learned to cope since I was little. Going to therapy and actually talking about the thoughts that bother me and negative things that happen(ed) to me, really helped me. It could also be that you feel depressed out of nowhere because of a chemical imbalance or a hormonal imbalance. That's why seeing a professional can be really helpful with finding out why you are actually feeling this way. Figuring out why you feel depressed all out of sudden can be really hard. Keeping a journal with your thoughts and feelings can be very helpful to pin point what exactly goes on in your mind and what might have triggered this depressive episode. Some people also start feeling depressed because they haven't been taking good care of themselves. It's important to take mental health days and to actually talk about the things that bother you. If you ever need someone to talk to, we are here. We have a big community of listeners who are here to hear your story.
August 3rd, 2015 12:32am
It's totally normal. according to psychology, one of the possible reasons you feel like this is because you could be missing someone, there's not always a reason, sometimes you just need a break and some time to chill
January 31st, 2016 9:56am
I really don't know... at times I feel happy but I'm probably just disctracting myself from the fact that I'm always miserable. I just get sad randomly and I wish I knew why
December 11th, 2015 2:44pm
I feel so depressed because my boyfriend treats me badly and calls me names, he is hurt because I lie, but we barely talk and I feel like were drifting apart and I dont want that to happen.
December 9th, 2015 2:02pm
Depression can be triggered by a chemical imbalance, stress, deep emotional pain or traumatic events that have not been resolved inside us.
January 7th, 2016 11:15am
There is always a reason. Most people feel depressed when they're doing nothing, so find something to do.
November 28th, 2017 11:51pm
There doesn't have to be a reason why you feel depressed, it can come out of nowhere and at any time. What matters is that you try and get help
January 20th, 2015 8:30am
Random attacks of depression can be caused by thinking about something that makes you sad, like the death of someone you care about or an ex boyfriend/girlfriend, the best way to avoid it is to talk about it with someone so that you can express your feelings
January 25th, 2015 4:09pm
Sometimes it just happens. Something around you, maybe a little kid falling down, or someone did or said something, or something is happening 3000 miles away and you hear about it. And sometimes it's because nothing happened, or there's nothing around, and no trigger becomes your trigger.
December 9th, 2015 8:29am
You can feel depressed for too many reasons, it could be what you are thinking, what you are seeing, what you hear. A memory of something or someone. Or the wish of having something you think you would never get.
February 6th, 2016 10:42pm
Do you think it might have to do with something like low blood sugar (as in has it been awhile since you've eaten)? Do you think you might be having a delayed response to something that happened while ago that was sad? Do you feel like you may be lacking something or someone? Has something recently changed (for example you moved somewhere new) and could it be you miss something/someone that has changed? There are a variety of reasons why you may be feeling down, these are just a few questions to help you figure it out. If you feel it's necessary, it might also be a good idea to consult a health professional for more help.
December 9th, 2015 4:15am
It's natural , just wait it out. Listen to some music, watch old movies, do things you enjoy see if it helps. And maybe consider spending time getting to know you a bit better :) It's worth it!
January 3rd, 2016 6:14pm
Its just because you think too much about things. Remember, some things in life are not under our control
December 31st, 2015 6:20am
Depression can arrive at any time. Sadly it is a virus of the mind. You must keep your mind set on positive things. If you concentrate on light hearted things, you can cheer yourself up or keep yourself from feeling depressed.
January 14th, 2016 3:35am
Chemical depression wave. If you are not on meds, you should get some. If you're on meds, did you forget your dose?
December 9th, 2015 12:31am
The problem lies in not being able to comprehend our emotions correctly. You see, for you it is happening instantaneously, but deep down you are not able to understand your emotions and feelings which keep on piling up, until one day when it crosses the treshold and all those emotions overwhelm you causing you to think you are depressed. It is not happening all of a sudden. Try not to hold back your emotions and start respecting your feelings by acting on them.
January 22nd, 2016 10:06pm
It may be due of to underlying issues you haven't dealt with yet or it might be because of things in your life piling up. It's good to talk it through with someone you trust about how you feel instead of bottling it up.
January 17th, 2016 11:59pm
Depression is a come and go thing. (Or at least it was for me) One minute i was happy and the next i was back to cutting again. (This answer may vary because i am slightly bipolar)
January 28th, 2016 9:21am
There is a big difference between depression and sadness. One can feel sad all of a sudden, however depression is something long term.
December 9th, 2015 12:34am
A thought crossed my mind today about you and as I heard the Rascal Flatts song "Why" on the radio, I suddenly found myself dwelling on all of the memories I've had in my life that involved you and I'll dwell on that one blow up we had the previously July before you decided to take your own life and leave us to pick up the pieces. I want to hate you so bad for what you did to us all, but I can't because all I can do in those moments is wonder what a difference it might have made had we not both been stupid that night. I'm not a person who prays, but if I did I'd be praying our family never has to go through something like that again. All that does is create a permanent problem to a temporary solution. I just hope that someone else can learn from your mistake. 2488 always. xoxo
January 23rd, 2016 6:10pm
Depression is a common thought but it is all in your head. Stay positive! Life goes on gor sure! Get up and fight the good fight! Do not be depressed it is just your imagination,but positivity is a heartfelt feeling!
April 14th, 2016 10:46am
if you are talking about, feeling 'empty' and 'low' accompanied by feelings of 'guilt' also, chronic feelings of loneliness. Then it's depression for real. If you just feel low out of nowhere then mind that something has triggered this feeling. Observe what might cause this. Keep a diary with you and note all your emotions and the happenings that took place just before the emotion was triggered.
January 2nd, 2016 4:33am
Depression is often caused from stress. Whether its from school, relationships, finance, life situations, etc. Depression could be accumulation of all the stress that has built up over time and has managed it self to be depression as oppose to anxiety or panic. Bad Diet/exercise could play a role, Fatty/oily foods raise cortisol levels(stress hormone) which in turn could result in depression. No exercise could lead to raised cortisol levels, as well. Taken a look at diet, exercise, stress and mental commentary(thoughts), could give yourself a good indication of where the depression is coming from.
December 11th, 2015 11:35am
its completely normal to get random waves of different emotions, its all part of being you, however if it lasts a while and you feel like you could call it depression you may want to seek help before it develops in to something stronger
January 3rd, 2016 2:09am
Maybe there was just something that's now too much. Maybe winter used up your Vitamin D and feeling depressed is a symptom. Maybe you have been stressed and your body and mind needs rest. It can be many things, psychological or physical. Take care of yourself and if it persists or gets worse, you can always go to a general practitioner to see whats up and what you can do.