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How Traumatic Life Events Can Cause Depression February 8, 2018

Canandaigua, Ontario
How Traumatic Life Events Can Cause Depression, Canandaigua, New York

When a person is fired from their job or loses a loved one, they’ll likely experience a variety of negative moods and emotions. Depression is a common, yet serious, psychological condition that refers to an intense and persistent feeling of sadness and can be triggered by a number of environmental causes. The caring counselors at Canandaigua Lake Counseling Services in New York are here to discuss how traumatic life events can lead to depression.

What Are Traumatic Life Events?

depressionA traumatic life event refers to any type of change occurring in a person’s life that can cause physical, emotional, or psychological harm. The most common types of traumatic life events include losing a job, the death of a loved one, or divorce from a spouse. 

How Do They Develop Into Depression?

People often experience intense sadness or anxiety following a traumatic event. For patients with a predisposition to mental illness, this can be the trigger that leads to depression. This is because it directly affects the way the person will respond to a stressful event. They might be unable to come to terms with their grief and trauma, making it difficult to hold a job or form healthy relationships with others.

What Is the Best Course of Treatment?

While a mental health professional cannot change a person’s history or erase the traumatic events they’ve experienced, they can help a patient overcome their depression through therapy and counseling. A person with depression is typically unable to get out of their own head, but a counselor can help them cope with their feelings and get them to realize their behavior and mood patterns.

If you’re experiencing depression as a result of trauma, it’s important to see a mental health professional for therapy and treatment. For the leading counseling center in Ontario County, contact Canandaigua Lake Counseling Services. They offer counseling for stress management and addiction, as well as family and group therapy. Visit their website or call (585) 919-0014 today for more information about their services. 

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