Feeling down after a bad week? Perhaps you have a new supervisor who is making life awkward and you feel unhappy. There are many situations that can lead to situational depression. This short-term form of depression, frequently diagnosed as an adjustment disorder, typically passes when the cause no longer exists.
WHAT IS SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION?
Situational depression is a short-term form of depression. It occurs in response to a stressful event or pressure, and typically goes away when the cause is removed. It is caused by external events that bring on stress as we deal with life’s challenges. It is often referred to as an adjustment disorder although this is considered incorrect.
The condition can, however, lead to the more serious condition referred to as clinical depression. Any form of depression can lead to suicide or substance abuse and should be treated with care. Professional help should be sought for any signs of depression. The condition may correct itself once the cause is removed, or it may require therapy. Most people recover in three to six months.
Not everyone has nerves of steel. Many people are overwhelmed leading to significant stress. This stress often leads to situational depression.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION?
It is normal to experience grief or sadness in many of life’s circumstances. If the feeling is severe, or persists for more than a couple of weeks, professional help should be sought. The signs vary greatly. As well as the those listed below, children may develop a tendency to skip school or get involved in fighting. The signs and outcomes associated with situational depression include:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Concentrating and making decisions is difficult
- Depressed mood
- Feeling nervous and anxious, bouts of tearfulness
- Change in sleeping and eating habits
- Withdrawal from loved ones
- Non-attendance at work, school and social events
- Fatigue or low energy
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- heart palpitations
HOW COMMON IS SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION?
Situational depression is common. It is estimated that around 10 percent of adults and 30 percent of adolescents have this condition at some time. Situational depression can occur in a short time frame and not because of a history of mental health problems. It is not specific to age, gender or social-economic background.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION?
The causes of situational depression can vary considerably. Any situation that has the potential to overwhelm a person may lead to situational depression. Potential causes include:
- Loss of a loved one, including pets
- Conflict in relationships
- The end of a relationship
- Illness in the person, or someone close
- Loss of employment
- A traumatic event such as a vehicle accident, assault or natural disaster
- Moving to a new house
- Changing jobs
HELP FOR SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION
At Brain Training Australia™ we use Neurofeedback Brain Training to help our clients struggling with situational depression.
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