Top 5 Life Events Causing The Highest Stress & Depression

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High Stress is one of the largest contributors to depression in America.

America has one of the highest depression rates in the world and most experts will trace it directly back to health and mental anxiety. If you find yourself stressing out often, then you are not alone. Many people experience traumatic events that can lead to depression.

There are certain things that people stress out about the most. Here are the top reasons for stress

  • Death of Someone You Love

This can be a spouse, parent, child or friend. Death is part of life, but the death of a loved one is something that causes significant stress. Our hearts are broken as we grieve for our loved one and our lives are seriously disrupted. This is something which we can do little about, unfortunately, and also something with which we all have to deal and heal sooner or later. Many people recover from this stressor and continue with their lives. Others never fully recover. Death of a loved one can cause a number of serious illnesses that we take on ourselves, including depression.

  • Divorce or Dramatic Break Up

Divorce is one of the leading causes of stress for people. The divorce rates are higher than ever and this causes more stress on couples struggling to stay together. On top of worrying about the emotional stress, divorce can leave a strain on the mental wellbeing of each individual. Many people will go through a divorce will experience a deep sense of regret guilt or remorse.

  • Finances

Financial worries, such as mortgage foreclosures, debt and issues around paying for bills ranks high among mental stress. People who are living in poverty along with people who face a lot of debt and bankruptcy have extreme high levels of stress that can often lead to suicide or manic depression.

  • Job & Job Loss

Many people experience job stress, which is common in adult men and women that have demanding jobs as well as working long hours. During poor economic times, many workers carry more stress because the fear of being laid off can be present. In addition to being humiliating, the loss of a job will most likely throw you into financial turmoil. Losing a job often results in depression as well as anxiety. Not only did your self esteem take a hit, but you are also worried about money. You will probably experience stress until you get a new job or reconcile yourself to the fact that you will have to get by on less money.

  • Health

Personal health crisis and disease can cause a lot of stress on people. Families that do not have insurance often experience even more stress and it can affect their wellbeing. The stress of a sick or diseased individual can lead to fear and anxiety. It is best to get health insurance to help ease this pain.

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Shannon Kaiser is the Wellness Coach and Travel Editor for Healing Lifestyles & Spas.

She is best-selling author of three books about happiness, including Find Your Happy and Adventures for Your Soul. She appears regularly as a happiness expert on AM Northwest and Huff Post Live, and was named among the “Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness” by the Mind Body Green. Shannon's the founder of Playwiththeworld.com, an award-winning self-help and personal development website. She's an author, international life coach, teacher, travel writer and inspirational speaker who left her job in advertising several years ago to follow her heart and become a writer.

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