In our busy times it is often difficult to keep our emotional balance. Finding a healthy work-life balance is a challenge. In addition to this, we are bombarded with news and information everyday. Some sources suggest that this over-stimulation can adversely affect our emotional health.
Our childhood should be a happy and carefree time. Unfortunately, many children have problems meeting the demands set upon them by school and their peers. Busy parents often do not have the time to offer their children the emotional support needed during their developmental years. In some, those safe years of childhood have been tainted by traumatic and negative experiences, leaving behind emotional wounds that, even in adult life, have not healed.
There are so many factors that can upset the delicate chemical balance in our brains, leading to emotion instability. This may lead to symptoms such as major depression, seasonal affective disorder, post-partum depression, bipolar disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Outside factors may also trigger bouts of depression. These may be related to exposure to environmental toxins, food intolerances and chemical sensitivity. Injuries and diseases of the central nervous system such as head trauma, tumors of the central nervous system, multiple sclerosis, stroke, syphilis and various cancers can also lead to depression . Emotional imbalance may also be triggered by medication. Corticosteroid medications such as prednisone, which people take for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or asthma, are also associated with mood disorders. Other drugs, including illegal steroids, amphetamines and over-the-counter appetite suppressants, may cause depression upon withdrawal.