How are stress and depression related?

Stress is the body’s response to change. Since change is unavoidable, stress is a normal part of life. However, when stress is severe or sustained, it can sometimes trigger depression. This is particularly true of stress due to a loss, such as the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or the loss of a job. But even positive changes, such as getting married, can lead to stress.

A top 10 list of stressful life changes might include:

In the past, the term "reactive depression" was often used to refer to depression that seemed to be triggered by upsetting life events. The term "endogenous depression" was used fbr depression that had no obvious outside cause and thus seemed to arise from some biological factor inside the person. Today it is thought that both types of depression can be treated with anti-depressant drugs.

However, psychotherapy may also be useful when stress plays a role in causing or worsening depression. A skilled therapist can help the depressed person pinpoint sources of stress and identify ways of coping. JFS can help you sort out your issues and provide you with some solutions to help get you back to feeling better and productive.

If you or someone you know is having trouble coping with stress, please contact us at the JFS of MetroWest.

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