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Are you feeling sad, listless, and hopeless? If so you may be experiencing situational depression. Situational depression is sometimes referred to as reactive depression. Both reflect the same mental state and treatment and both are different from what is called major or clinical depression. Only a mental health professional can properly diagnose and treat major or clinical depression.

Situational depression is a psychological response to an event stretching the limits of an individual’s coping mechanisms. Such events can include surviving a natural disaster, the loss of a loved one or job and even the birth of a child. Following the birth of a child the onset of depressed symptoms has become known as post-partum depression. The depressed state, regardless of the name given to the depression, is in response to the individual’s failure to adapt to an event or series of events.

Many times situational depression is the result of simply watching and listening to the local, national and world news. Viewing the carnage in Gaza, the horrible situation in the Ukraine or the terrible situation the children of Central America are experiencing can trigger situational depression. Simply put, your brain has had enough and you begin to feel down, hopeless and perhaps you are having uncharacteristic difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

Symptoms indicating situational depression usually develop within 90-days following the experience or event triggering the symptoms. To treat such feelings there are several behaviors an individual can engage in including: • Limiting the viewing, reading of and/or listening to distressing news • Eating a well-balanced nutritious diet including hydration • Getting regular exercise • Re-establishing a regular sleep routine • Joining a support group pertaining to reducing daily stress

If symptoms begin to interfere with daily life find a mental health professional you are comfortable with and work together to develop improved coping skills. There is also spiritual support just a mouse click away at this website or by calling 844-242-7524 toll-free. The spiritual support is provided by professional chaplains from the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths all of which are board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.

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