238. The Major Cause of Stress and Depression

A study by psychologists at the University of Liverpool – the biggest of its kind in the UK –  has found that traumatic life events were the single biggest determinant of anxiety and depression, followed by a family history of mental illness, income and education levels, relationship status, and social factors.

The study reported:

“Whilst we know that a person’s genetics and life circumstances contribute to mental health problems, the results from this study showed that traumatic life events are the main reason people suffer from anxiety and depression. However, the way a person thinks about, and deals with, stressful events is as much an indicator of the level of stress and anxiety they feel as the actual experiences.

“Whilst we can’t change a person’s family history or their life experiences, it is possible to help a person to change the way they think and to teach them positive coping strategies that can mitigate and reduce stress levels.”

Change your thinking and you change your depression and anxiety levels. But this is very difficult to do on your own. One can’t simply say, “OK, I’ll think more positively from now on.” Help is needed, in the form of practitioners of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapists, counselors, spiritual guides, and others who can help change thinking styles to more positive outcomes.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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