Why Did I Feel Fine Yesterday? The Causes of Depression
In America, depression is the most common mental disorder, with 322 million people suffering from it worldwide. There is a common misconception that it is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, but the truth is that the disease is far more complex than that. In scientific research, depression’s biology has yet to be fully understood. It is caused by genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
What Causes Depression?
A person suffering from depression has the predisposition to fall into it as a result of an external event that has caused them harm. For example, getting fired from a job might send one person into a deep depression, while another bounces back after experiencing the initial sadness and disappointment.
Cognitive behavioral experts believe that depression is caused by, and worsened by, distorted negative thinking. During an episode, your emotions are influenced by negative thoughts and perceptions. Depending on how you interpret those thoughts, your feelings will follow. You will be able to cope with the negative event that triggered your depression better if you eliminate distorted, negative thoughts.
Why Did I Feel Fine Yesterday?
If you felt fine yesterday, but are feeling depressed and hopeless today, distorted thinking may be the culprit. Consider the example of waking up late and rushing to work. As a result, you started thinking distorted negative thoughts, which put you in a bad mood. In addition, as the day goes on, every event will be processed through this negative filter, which makes you feel worse. “I’m always late. I’m a loser. My boss is going to be angry at me all day. He probably hates me anyway. I’m going to get fired.”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Depression
A depression therapist using CBT can help you challenge your negative thought patterns. You can improve your mood by challenging these thoughts. As an example, “I’m always late.” This is an overgeneralization. Most likely, you haven’t been late that often. Your schedule and habits can be changed to become more punctual if this is something you would like to change.
The best way to manage it is to provide a comprehensive depression treatment plan. If you’re suffering from depression, one of our licensed therapists can help you understand your mood disorder and develop strategies to cope with and improve your depression symptoms. Together in depression therapy, we can create a plan to help you start feeling better. Give our office a call today, and let’s schedule a time to talk.