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Why do I feel depressed without an apparent reason?

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Last Updated: 08/06/2018 at 12:57am
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lyricalGrace
July 28th, 2015 12:59am
Depression is a reoccurring problem, sometimes we're not necessarily aware of what triggers are making us feel sad. Depression is often described as a chemical imbalance in our brains because we're used to feeling sad a lot, this can be a hard cycle to break.
zaix
February 17th, 2015 10:58pm
That's basically what depression is like. Sometimes you feel depressed for a reason and you can identify it nd tell the reasons why and how you're depressed by this, but sometimes we feel depressed but we really don't know exactly why we feel like this.
Lucie27
June 29th, 2015 10:13am
Often people can feel very sad for no reason at all. Depression doesn't require a reason and it can hit anyone, regardless of age,gender,career,race,culture etc etc..Sometimes it is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can be very difficult when you and other people want to know 'why' you feel depressed.. and can actually make you feel even worse because you feel that you 'shouldn't feel this way. Try to think of depression as you would a broken leg. You wouldnt feel like you 'shouldn't' have a broken leg.. and you would do everything you could to take care of your leg until it mended. The same is true with mental illness.
Waterbear
July 20th, 2015 2:03am
Whenever someone comes on asking this question, it usually takes me less than five minutes to find out that they have several very good reasons to be depressed. You probably don't realize that you have reasons because whatever is happening to you has come to seem normal to you because it happens all the time. It doesn't have to be anything extreme or dramatic--your parents could be having problems in their marriage, you could be stuck in a dead-end job, the people around you could be systematically disrespecting you.
cyberhugs
April 16th, 2015 7:46pm
Sounds like you are a teenager,so that is completely normal! It happens because of hormonal changes and you just can't control it! but one thing I find extremely helpful,is writting down every day 10 things I am greatful for. Then,when I am feelin a bit blue,I read it and it helps me so much! you could sing out loud and dance or watch comedies and even go out with your friends! you may not want to,but if you push your self,depression will vanish! hugs
FatPony
July 21st, 2015 5:32pm
Experiences in life get accumulated and we might not be aware until the burden of small experiences become a big total to carry.
autumnfrost
September 8th, 2015 5:39pm
Depression has been proven to have both biochemical and situational causes - meaning it can be a reaction to the chemicals in your brain (serotonin, dopamine, etc.) not reacting properly. Everything can seemingly be going right when depression strikes.
Anonymous
January 25th, 2015 12:57pm
Depression is caused by the change in a brain's chemical activity resulting in low serotonin levels. So there doesn't always have to be a major cause for a person to become depressed
Brightstruggles
September 27th, 2016 9:48pm
You don't need a reason to be depressed. You can become depressed at anytime and it's totally okay to cry randomly. Sometimes our lives are going the way we want to, everything seems perfect. Then somehow it all collapses and we are left wondering why. It's okay to feel depressed with no reason. There doesn't need to be a reason. Try and do the things you love like listening to music. If it gets to much reach out for help. You're not alone and it's okay to feel sad for no reason,
RainbowHelp777
October 25th, 2016 5:54am
Being depressed does not always require a reason. In many cases, there isn't a reason, however, it will require a reason to overcome depression.
SweetMango111
October 1st, 2016 4:53pm
Nothing ever happens coincidentally, there is always a reason especially when it comes to emotions and feeling. You just aren't aware of the cause of your depression. Many cases its a lack of human interaction and I dont mean you daily small talk. Actually sharing what is going in your life with friends and family and connecting with them. Another reason could be a lack of self-love and self-esteem. There are numerous reasons for feeling depressed, finding the reason and accepting whatever it may be is the first step to achieving happiness. Remember, happiness comes from within the heart, not from external sources, those are otherwise temporary and conditional sources of happiness.
Anonymous
April 9th, 2015 1:17pm
Sometimes the reason for feeling depressed doesn't show itself straight away. Which can mean exploring more into how you are feeling and possible things in your life that could be causing this
Anonymous
May 21st, 2015 2:10am
Sometimes random triggers could happen, you may not know they are triggers but your brain knows. These times can be hard and can often make you confused on why such a thing is happening to you. I recommend talking to someone you trust about it, tell them anything that could possibly be a trigger and see how they can help.
Yourperson22
September 29th, 2015 7:38pm
Why would you feel depressed with out a reason? Maybe lying in you subconscious or just a reason you totally missed. Don't feel alone, look at all the reason you may or may not be depressed. Look for the best In a very bad situation. :) keep your head up, blast some awesome music and dance it out. Because no matter whether you know the exact reason or your lose beyond all reason. Just know that you are here for a reason and lots of love is about to come you way! Xoxo, yourperson22
Anonymous
September 19th, 2017 3:04am
Generally, when a person is depressed without an apparent reason, it is because they have clinical depression or they are experiencing depression as a symptom of another illness/disorder (as depression can be a symptom of PTSD and personality disorders). Do some research and talk to a mental health professional about this whenever you have the chance.
Anonymous
July 31st, 2018 9:37pm
It's actually pretty common. Sometimes, people who suffer with depression can cry at nothing, I should know. If you feel like you are in a funk and you don't know why, journaling might help you figure out some of the causes. It's a great way to compartmentalize your thoughts and figure out how to express what you don't feel comfortable saying out loud.
GlowingDreamer15
August 6th, 2018 12:57am
Let me tell you a little thing my doctor taught me when I asked why I was depressed and couldn't find a single reason why. He put humans as the following analogy : We are all a sink. For some people, the water (which represents joys) flows in very fast. It will full the sink in a short time. These are OPTIMISTS. For others, the water goes slowly, and goes out fast because the hole is simply too big. This is not your fault, it might be the chemicals in your brain or the environnement. This is kind of what happens when you are depressed. Even if the waters runs fast in, it runs fast out as well. Antidepressant are used as a plug to your sink. They fill the hole (not completely, you can still experience sadness or bad emotions). Of course, there is other ways of filling it. You probably have already learned about ways to help your depression, like doing sports, seeking a psychologist or more. After a while, your hole will be a reasonable size, and even if your water flows slowly, your sink will be fuller. So shortly, depression doesn't always have a reason, and it's okay not to know why you feel the way you do. What you must do is not to give up... ...and stay strong :)
Anonymous
May 20th, 2015 4:38pm
Sometimes when we suffer from a mental illness, we will get feelings we cant understand. Mostly there will be a reason, it can just be hard to find out what that reason is.
AIPandi101
June 4th, 2015 4:57pm
Sometimes we just get depressed. We think it may be for no reason, but it could be old problems all jumbled together. It could also be build up issues that your mind brings back.
Larzy
September 1st, 2015 10:53pm
Depression does that to you, Most of the time it might be the little things that can make you depressed and sometimes you'll just generally be depression for no reason.
Anonymous
December 14th, 2015 5:52pm
I know the feeling its horrible maybe there is a reason deep down because I didn't think there was a reason for me but after so much hard work me and my counsellor found the course to my "problem"
Anonymous
February 23rd, 2016 3:00am
I think sometimes we can't control when we feel depressed. Sometimes it makes literally no sense. However, it comes when it comes. It might be because of something you didn't realize you were upset by, or maybe it's a reaction to stress. It really varies from person to person.
UniqueLife
April 12th, 2016 3:03pm
Most depression cases are like that, dear. That's why it's called a disorder, an illness. Depression is mainly caused by chemical imbalance in the brain which produce certain hormones that cause something that we call "depressed" feeling.