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Why do I feel depressed, even though nothing has happened to make me feel that way?

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Last Updated: 12/24/2019 at 2:11am
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I have been through a lot in life too, which helps me to be able to empathize with situations, thoughts and feelings that we have. Sometimes, it's not easy just being human.

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April 26th, 2015 4:30pm
There seems to not be a specific cause to my negative feelings. I just feel sad, hopeless, worthless, pretty much all the time.
December 1st, 2015 1:29pm
Your depression doesn't need validation through a cause or because something bad has happened necessarily. Sometimes depressing can creep up on us for no reason at all, and a lot of people are under the impression it needs a reason. It doesn't. Depression comes in all shapes and forms and unfortunately it can't always be explained. It could also be something in your subconscious, for instance if you're feeling slightly excluded by your friends at school or your coworkers. You wouldn't necessarily notice that right away but it's still a distinct and unpleasant feeling. Needless to say though you can't always explain things like that, which is fine. We should be trying to move forward and past it instead.
July 13th, 2015 4:24pm
Depression is a sickness just like a fever. Sometimes it lingers and you barely notice it and sometimes it flares up without anything coming up. Till its fully treated its in the background and can strike anytime. Upon a sentence, something that happened to you or just because...
June 14th, 2015 11:46am
Sounds like you are feeling depressed because nothing is happening. Life is slow sometimes and people spend days when nothing really happens to them, better or worse and that's okay.
October 27th, 2015 10:52am
People can feel depressed even though there is no obvious reason (I believe that was what happened to me several years ago) it can be to do with a chemical imbalance (the brain doesn't produce enough serotonin) which is the chemical that affects your mood. In my situation I needed to see a doctor and try medication which really helped Every one is different though I'm not sure how you manage your depression or if you feel professional help would be beneficial? It can be a very difficult illness to battle and I wish you all the best Sometimes I think it can be hard when there is no reason for how you feel... But recovery is possible Please feel free to connect with a listener if you want to discuss things further take care 😊
January 20th, 2015 3:58am
Sometimes feeling depressed can be as a result of a general degradation of your mood. Not all emotional states require a trigger!
February 8th, 2015 8:45am
Depression is not necessarily something that always has a definitive "cause." Depression is a real mental health concern, different than the normal feelings of sadness or loneliness that we all sometimes feel. If you're concerned that you've been feeling depressed for an extended amount of time, I recommend speaking with a licensed healthcare professional, whom can better assist you with this matter.
June 22nd, 2015 6:05pm
Hey, Some people are born with depression or due too genetics prone to depression. Research has shown that probably sometimes even babies are depressed. And that's of course nothing to ashamed about. Because you haven't chosen the genes you have been given. If the doctor will find out that's the case he might prescribe you medication. But sometimes people just have learned unconsciously a destructive thinking pattern. A therapist might be helpfull by changing this thinking pattern. And maybe you're just wired very sensitive, which of course you haven't chosen to be as well. (you might google the term high sensitive person (HSP)). Sending love
January 9th, 2018 5:26pm
There are many ways that can make you feel depressed. Some major changes in your life, stress, genes, taking some meds... Try to consult a therapist in order to be sure. Best of luck!
April 24th, 2015 11:51am
Depression is an illness. It can occur even in people who seem the happiest and most successful in the world. Don't blame yourself for feeling down; it's entirely possible that there wasn't anything that happened to make you feel that way. If you feel depressed for a long period of time, you may want to seek professional help in order to cope.
July 27th, 2015 3:38am
I know for myself that the past is one of the greatest factors of my depression. I will begin something anything from my past good bad or indifferent and I will either feel shame or guilt or just wish that I had done something differently and I will start to judge and get down on myself. That action begins for me the cycle of depression that I am working on breaking.
December 8th, 2015 11:35am
Depression can be explained by lowered serotonin and dopamine. There doesn't have to be a reason for you to feel depressed. Your feelings are valid.
May 6th, 2015 10:59am
You may think nothing has happend to make you feel that way but sometimes things do happen without you even thinking about it you could of forgotten or maybe nothing happend maybe you could just be going through the stage were you have had a really rough day.
September 8th, 2015 6:30am
because depression doesnt have a specifical reason. it just get to us in mysterious ways. when there is no apparent reason, it is because it is probably accompanied by anxiety, too.
February 15th, 2016 5:00pm
depression does not have to be circumstantial. it is a chemical imbalance in your brain that will come no matter if your life is horrible or if you are well off. please consult a doctor or therapist for a better answer to your question.
October 24th, 2016 1:20am
Sometimes we look at others and compare ourselves to them. This can cause depression, as I have experienced. For example, "her hair is so beautiful! So much better than mine." This is comparison. It is not an event, but is a thought you can have.
December 24th, 2019 2:11am
Because sometimes we are unable to precisely identify our own emotions and pinpoint what is causing them. After talking to someone, you might find that you have known all along what was making you feel so overwhelmed, but you were having difficulties figuring it out on your own. Self-awareness and observation doesn't come naturally to everybody and may often be very difficult. And even though words can be hard to find, having an honest conversation will always be helpful in naming your emotions and labeling things the way they should be labeled - everything has its proper "name". There's always a reason. But, sometimes you have to work harder to discover it.
June 22nd, 2015 2:24pm
We are complex beings; our mind is a pretty neat mix of living cells, electricity and chemicals. Sometimes, your mind may be running differently. Chemicals may be imbalanced, nutrition may have changed. Very small things can cause depression, and it's often a good idea to see a professional if your depression continues on beyond a reasonable amount of time. It's always best to solve the problem before it becomes a problem! ;)
July 28th, 2015 10:30am
Depression is, I believe, an internal struggle with our emotions. If there are no obvious outside factors that are contributing, sometimes, we can fall into depression because of physical reasons, as some diseases or food allergies are known to do. Sometimes, events from our past or our perceptions of ourselves can influence how we feel. It can often have absolutely nothing to do with the 'outside world'. I believe that talking to people when you feel that you have depression is important, as not talking about our emotions can get overwhelming and stressful.
January 11th, 2016 11:36pm
Because your brain produces too much of the wrong chemicals, you lack vitamin d or other simple, stupid reasons... Don't worry, this can be treated! :)
June 14th, 2016 3:08pm
Depression can be caused by things happening in your life , but can also be purley caused by a chmical inbalence in the brain medication could fix that.
July 12th, 2016 12:18am
Everyone goes through points in there life when you feel depressed. Just know it is normal and it will get better. You could take medication or just do things that do make you happy.
May 30th, 2017 3:11pm
Sometimes depression can have biological triggers or can be an accumulation of stress over a long time. Your feelings are still valid and you should seek help for them.
April 2nd, 2019 5:32pm
Sometimes people just go through life getting this sort of feeling. Anyone can have depression it does not have to be generic. No matter what happens in your life, if it's good or bad, anyone can get depression. Although it's not the best feeling, you just need to remember that things will get better. Sometimes people get depressed from things such as losses in their life or tough parents or anything like that but sometimes it can just come upon people out of nowhere and surprise you. It can be a very hard thing to deal with but it always gets better.