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Understanding Depression: Signs, Causes, and Its Preventive Ways

Updated on March 13, 2019


Depression is a global phenomenon, a serious matter that you shouldn’t neglect. Identifying its signs, causes, and preventive tactics is essential.

It affects anyone, anytime. It's like cancer that tears your good tissues in a time unexpected. Sadly, is that some people are already have it, but didn’t notice it. Luckily, depression is preventable.

Understanding Depression

Loneliness provokes depression
Loneliness provokes depression | Source

Depression is an extreme feeling of despondency and melancholy. It is a serious medical illness that negatively affects your pattern of thinking, social interaction skills, and emotional response.

Early Signs/Symptoms

  • Blue Mood
  • Emptiness
  • Anxiousness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Physical pain.
  • Lack of energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatal thoughts


  • Losing a love one
  • Sudden unemployment
  • Separation from partner. of their life
  • Traumatic events
  • New environment
  • Broken family
  • Bullying
  • Stress

You Can Prevent Depression By:

1. Altering Your Sleep Routine

If you are a night owl, the risk of developing minor to major depression is high as these two factors are somehow linked. Sleep deprivation or excessive sleeping causes depression.

Try to reverse your body clock but do it in a safe way. Go to bed by 11 pm, then decrease it to 10 until you reach your target. Remember, the earlier, the better! After you master this, you will notice that your head is lighter.

The other benefit you can get is the ability to wake up early. Happier individuals starts their day watching the sun, going for a walk, or doing exercise routines according to studies.

2. Writing

Consider to keep track of the daily happenings. Keeping a journal will help clear your mind. Start writing down your thoughts. Repressing could make depression worse.

3. Discovering New Sceneries

Beautiful places are anywhere, so go out, let the sun kiss your skin, begin to explore new venues.

4. Taking Photographs

Pictures remind you of many things. They are a memory printed, a moment captured.

Whenever you decide to go out, don’t forget to bring a good camera with you. Expensive camera isn’t a requirement, a smartphone will do.

5. Spending Time Alone

Spend some time alone if you want to. Travel by yourself, observe your environment, make use of your senses as it will challenge your independence as well as increase your keenness.

6. Engaging in a Conversation

Talk is a great way to let out a bad thought, worriedness, bad memory, etc. Share it to someone you trust and comfortable with to unclog the bad feeling inside.

7. Creating New Hobbies

Don’t dwell in your depression, you are feeding your demons. Dedicate your focus and attention unto acquiring new things such as sketching, learning to play a musical instrument, making handicrafts, etc.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shing Araya


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    • Shing Araya profile imageAUTHOR

      Shing Araya 

      13 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

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      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      Really interesting and informative article - thank you for sharing.


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