This article, posted at the blog care2 [make a difference], lists common depression triggers and what to do about them. Most are obvious and stark — divorce, job loss, death of a loved one — but these more extreme situations can be closely analogized to less dramatic episodes in your life that likewise make you susceptible.

In other words, break-up is like divorce, job setbacks are like job loss, and so forth. This is particularly so for those who live Type-A, high-pressure, perfectionistic lifestyles, for whom smaller life challenges can loom large because such people are used to uniformly high performance.

Being aware of how changes in life circumstances can influence mood is only the beginning. Everyone knows that life can get you down. The smart people are those who seek assistance.