Humans are susceptible to depression at any age, but life tends to throw us particular curveballs and changes related to the decade of life we’re in. Did you worry about boys rejecting you between the ages of 1 and 10? Not likely. And did you worry about your relationships ending in divorce when you were just 21? Well, maybe, but you were just being dramatic. If you are struggling with feelings of depression, you may find some comfort in the fact that most people your age deal with the very same issues—it’s just the ebb and flow of life. If you know about these hurdles in advance, you may be able to take some steps to keep them from causing depression. Here are common causes of depression in your 20s, 30s, and 40s.
20s: Loss of community after college
You may for the very first time live alone in your 20s, right after college. At the very least, you will no longer live in a building or neighborhood where you can step outside, and instantly see 30 of your friends and peers. People move away from campus, out of the city or even out of state, which can leave recent college grads feeling quite lonely. This is a very important time to seek out new communities, perhaps through meetup groups, exercise classes or sports leagues.