Research tells us that unfavourable experiences during childhood increase the risk of experiencing distress. And there is also evidence that shows genetics can play a role in whether we experience later depression or anxiety.
Major life changes
Whether it’s an event you’ve been expecting, or something that comes completely out of the blue, big changes can have a huge impact on your life. These big changes can trigger or make distress worse. A change to your or a family (whānau) member's role in life might be more challenging than expected.
An initial challenge or difficult situation could trigger or build up your distress. Sometimes these challenges build up and make the conflicts and frustrations of everyday life worse. These difficulties might include problems with your family (whānau); unemployment or financial stress; love or sex problems; ongoing illness/disability or problems with work (mahi) or school (kura).