It may be helpful to know the risk factors for depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, and also the protective factors.
Risk Factors for Depression
Mental health professionals at Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, recommend that you keep an eye out for potential warning signs of depression such as consistent negative self-talk, lack of motivation, withdrawal from friends and family, isolation, poor sleep, and substance abuse.
Mental health disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
Drug or Alcohol and other substance use disorders
Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
History of trauma or abuse
Major physical illnesses
Previous suicide attempt(s)
Family history of suicide
Job or financial loss
Loss of relationship(s)
Easy access to lethal means
Local clusters of suicide
Lack of social support and sense of isolation
Stigma associated with asking for help
Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
Protective Factors for Depression
Some good news is that research has found what we call “protective factors” for depression.
Protective factors are simply persons, places, or things that elevate mood and reinforce mental/emotional stability. Below are a few examples of some protective factors:
Children in the home
Sense of responsibility to family
Sense of meaning and purpose
Reality testing ability
Positive coping skills
Good problem-solving skills
Positive social support
Positive therapeutic relationship
Are you feeling overwhelmed, sad, or depressed? Are you looking for help or some sort of depression treatment near you? There is hope and help at Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL.