Emotional symptoms of stress include depression, loneliness, mood swings and irritability. Life events that cause stress include work, marriage or relationships and financial difficulty. You may also increase your risk of stress and depression by being unwilling to deal with change, having a pessimistic attitude or setting unrealistic expectations for you or those around you.
Dealing with your mental health in times of stress is as important as dealing with the physical symptoms. Try to stay positive, and build resilience to deal with stressful situations. Ways to improve mental health to prevent depression include spending time with people you care about, and knowing when to walk away from a stressful situation.