According to a new landmark study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, taking hormonal birth control may increase your risk for depression. The study showed a 40 percent increased risk of depression among participants after six months, compared to women who did not use hormonal birth control. The mean age of birth control users in the study was age 24.
Still, noted researchers, this doesn’t mean that birth control alone causes depression. While outside triggers can contribute to the development of depression, brain chemistry and genetics play a large role, too.
3 More Surprising Causes of Depression
In addition to birth control, some lifestyle habits have also been linked to depression, including:
Smoking cigarettes: Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to suffer from depression and anxiety, according to a 2015 British study. Researchers also found that smoking itself may be a source of anxiety due to the feelings of withdrawal often experienced by smokers after not having a cigarette.
Social media overuse: Even if you know that social media is far from an accurate portrait of one’s life, it’s easy to find yourself making what researchers call a “social comparison.” In other words, making comparisons to your own life as you scroll through your friend’s family pictures and vacation montages. This subconscious process can lead to feelings of depression, according to a study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
Poor diet: Perhaps it's not too surprising that nutrition plays a key role in regulating your mood. People who have a diet laden with processed meats, sugar, and fat, for example, are more likely to report depression symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Luckily, whatever the cause of your depression, there are many ways to manage and treat your symptoms. Don’t wait; get the help you need today.
Women, Depression and Addiction
For many women, depression and addiction go hand-and-hand and we’re here to help. At AJ’s Amethyst House, we realize the special needs of female clients and take into account mental illnesses when treating our clients. To learn more, call 855-221-1717.