Everyone goes through it at least once in their lifetime, and most people go through it more than that, perhaps on an average of at least once or twice a year. What am I talking about? Mental depression, of course. Although men are as likely to become depressed as women are, it’s unfortunate that the world in general perceives that it’s women who suffer most from depression. This could of course be due to a of lot things like constant mood swings and outright irritability to depressive chocolate-eating-binge-days when “that time of the month” comes around. Those are the days when you just want to curl up somewhere and quietly brood. However it is also true that a large percentage of people who suffer from depression aren’t only women, but includes hale and hearty men, along with people suffering from other illnesses. These illnesses could be life-threatening or even life-sapping, or they could be just such a constant in a person’s life that the weight of living with it day in and day out takes its toll and gives rise to mental depression. There are other reasons why mental depression could arise besides ill health, and these are many and varied. Some of them can include your lifestyle. So if you’re living at either extreme of lifestyle, you’re also a good candidate for mental depression. If you’re poor and don’t have two pennies to rub together stress can take its toll on you and leave you rolling in despair and mental depression. The same goes if you’re rich as well, you might not have the constant worry of not being able to fend for yourself, or not knowing where your next meal will come from, but stress will also play a great part in your life as well. Stress however, isn’t the only factor that can lead to mental depression, but it can be a leading factor. And even though you might not even realize it, stress comes in many shapes and forms, and most of the time they can all lead to you suffering from some form or other of mental depression. Peer pressure is a good example, as is pressure brought to bear from home and from work. Let’s not forget the pressures that we suffer when we set ourselves a goal and fail to meet the mark. Sometimes this kind of pressure can be the greatest of all, and can lead to a total breakdown on your part or a sink into the miasma that is mental depression. Depression is however, in and of itself, a normal reaction that most people suffer from without it leading to the more serious conditions of mental depression. This is where a person suffering from depression can’t bring themselves out of it. If life were full of sunshine everyday, then we wouldn’t really appreciate what we have. Everyone needs a little rain in their lives now and again just to help them see that the sunshine really is worth having.