The Effects of Stressful Events on Depression
We should not underestimate the effects of stressful events on depression. Modern technology offers most of us the opportunity to know what's going on all over the world at any given moment of any given day; yet, so many of the current news stories have the potential to add to our stress and possibly worsen our depression. I've been struggling with managing my depression while also trying to find a balance between being adequately informed versus becoming pulled down into a major depressive episode due to information burnout.
The Effects of Stressful Events on My Depression
I'm Helpless and Everything Is out of Control
When I watch the news stories and see catastrophic natural events, I feel helpless; those stressful events affect my depression. They make me feel like the world is out of control. When I see stories about horrifying things one person has done to another, I feel like people are out of control. Nothing makes sense.
I wonder if trying to help is even worth it. Any donations I make, whether they be money or time, seem futile. The stressful events keep on happening. People still do unspeakable things. All of this makes it hard for me to see a point in trying to manage my depression or a reason to continue trying to help others.
I'm Sinking Deeper Down
When I feel like everything is out of control, my brain starts to go into what I call the "dark days." The stressful events' effects on my depression increases. The negative thoughts come back with a vengeance. I'm irritable during this time. I'm more tired than usual. The heaviness is on my chest and I can't breathe. All it takes during these "dark days" of depression is one comment, which likely means nothing, to send my brain into a barrage of negative attacks on itself. When I get stressed about current events, I am much more likely to struggle with my depression. I have to find a balance.
I Want to Isolate
If I continue sinking down into my depression, I will end up withdrawing from friends and family. I will isolate myself from the people I love most. I don't want to do that, so I have to decide how much information I can handle without it having a negative effect on my depression.
To find out how I'm managing my depression during the current challenging and stressful times, please watch this video.
How have stressful events affected your depression? How are you coping? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Smith, J. (2020, March 12). The Effects of Stressful Events on Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, October 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2020/3/the-effects-of-stressful-events-on-depression
Author: Jennifer Smith
There is so much in this piece that is wonderful but I think the thing I love most is deciding how much information you choose to take in. Not only is this an aware choice, but it's actually an empowering one. Stressful events are often made stressful largely because they can make us feel helpless or out of control. Realizing we have a choice in how much outside information we take in can give us back a sense of security and decrease unnecessary anxiety.