Situational Depression is Real!!
Sometimes life just takes a hold of us and doesn't let go..
We all experience stress on a daily basis, but sometimes things take a turn and we're hit with a BOOM! Something that rocks us, something that hits us at our core. Depending on the situation, you don't always bounce back from situations immediately. These things can lead to situational depression. Situational depression is defined a short-term form of depression that can occur in the aftermath of various traumatic changes in your normal life, including divorce, retirement, loss of a job and the death of a relative or close friend (Element Behavioral Health, 2012) . Many people experience this and don't even realize it. There is also a major stigma on mental health issues so people may not want to accept that their are experiencing situational depression.
Let me just say... I have DEFINITELY experienced situational depression.
Most people with situational depression develop symptoms within roughly 90 days following the event that triggers the condition. Depending on the individual, these symptoms can include listlessness, feelings of hopelessness, sleeping difficulties, sadness, recurring bouts of crying, unfocused anxiety, unfocused worry, loss of concentration, withdrawal from normal work or leisure activities and withdrawal from friends and family (Element Behavioral Heath, 2012).
This form of depression is significantly different from clinical depression. For one, most people are able to bounce back on their own from situational depression. Most people are able to get through by doing things such as getting regular exercise, eating a nutritionally well-balanced diet, establishing regular sleeping habits, discussing your situation with close friends or loved ones, joining a formal support group and participating in a hobby or other pleasurable leisure activity (Element Behavioral Health, 2012). When the depression keeps you from functioning regularly, the depression may be more serious and due to a chemical imbalance.
Clinical depression is also known as major depression or major depressive disorder (Emotional Behavioral Health, 2012). Many of the symptoms of clinical depression are more or less interchangeable with the symptoms of situational depression. However people with clinical depression have at least five depression symptoms at the same time, and also have forms of these symptoms that are severe enough to seriously degrade their ability to participate in their normal routines. In addition, the disorder can produce symptoms not typically found in people with situational depression, including delusions, hallucinations and other forms of psychotic disturbance (Emotional Behavioral Health, 2012). While you can receive a clinical depression diagnosis for symptoms that last for as little as two weeks, many people with the disorder have bouts of symptoms that recur or reappear over extended periods of time (Emotional Behavioral Health, 2012).
At some point in life, we will all experience things that will rock us to our core. We will feel hopeless, lost, and not know how to move on. But as previously stated, we should be able to find the light at the end of the tunnel. If you are seriously having a hard time getting over a life event, to the point where you can't get out of bed, you've lost interest in your favorite activity; you may be battling something more serious. THAT IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF! Please checkout the hotlines below if you are battling mental illness:
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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