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Stressful life events and long term serious difficulties can trigger depressive episodes. Losing a job, a close friend or family member dying, or a relationship break-up is hard for anyone to cope with, but for some people it can seem impossible to recover. The way you respond to these events can cause them to become significant risk factors for depression.

You may not have any control over the events themselves, but you can help by changing the way you respond to them. Simply ignoring or avoiding the problem may only make it worse.

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You may like to try the Structured Problem Solving technique in our self-help section to learn how to deal with events more effectively. Or if you feel you need professional help, you can contact a help line counsellor or talk to your doctor about other options.

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