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Situational Depression:
Tips for Recovery

Has a breakup or job loss left you depressed? Situational depression may be the culprit.

You're part of the community of 10 percent of adults (and 30 percent of teens) who suffer from situational or reactive depression.

Sufferers often experience symptoms during times of traumatic life changes.   

The great news is that this type of depression usually only last for a short time and symptoms often go away if certain steps are taken right away.  


Situational Depression: Tips for Recovery

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Situational Depression: Tips for Recovery

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But let's take a step back and talk about the things that can contribute to situational depression. 

Typically, situational depression lurks during highly stressful times such as:

-Death of a loved one or a close friend

-A divorce or a breakup

-Serious illness

-Loss of a job

-Financial stress

-An accident, traumatic event

-Bullying

Common physical and mental symptoms that accompany reactive depression include:

-Anxiety

-Heart palpitations

-Headaches

-Stomachaches

-Fatigue

-Changes in sleep or eating habits

-Substance abuse

Experts say that situational depression and major depression share the same symptoms.   But unlike major depression the recovery time for situational depression is a lot shorter, usually about 6 months. 

Mental health experts consider reactive depression to be a sort of adjustment disorder meaning that once a person adjusts to their new situation the depression often goes away.

But if this "adjustment disorder" is ignored it could very well develop into major depression which can be difficult to treat. 

It's always a good idea to rule out post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a physical illness or a more serious type of depression.  

And of course you would have to seek a true diagnosis by a mental health professional to verify a diagnosis of reactive depression. 

How is Situational Depression Treated?

Usually with the right treatment protocols mild cases of reactive depression dissipates within a few months.

Mild cases of reactive depression can be treated with drug-free options like:

-Getting enough exercise

-Eating a mood boosting diet

-Getting better sleep

-Sharing the burden with trusted friends and loved ones

But if the depression is severe your health care professional may recommend a combination of talk therapy and antidepressants, like SSRIs, to help with symptoms. 

Specific forms of talk therapy can provide coping skills that will help you fight depression by making changes in attitude and  behavior.


I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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Week 1

This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

Week 2

I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

Week 3

This week all about using self-esteem to improve mental health and overall well-being. 

Week 4

This final week presents ways to reduce social media usage. Studies show that over consumption of social media contributes to anxiety and depression.

Click here to start this free e-course!