Situational Depression

Situational depression shows it takes time to get used to a, hard-to-stomach, life-changing event. Like, finding out you have anxiety disorder. Here's how, while adjusting, you can tranquilize symptoms. And, pick up ways to cope that give results.

Situational depression
The real danger

Sometimes, it's called adjustment or reactive depression. And,...

It can happen to anyone

An unwanted event, something drastic you know happened, turns your world upside down. And, you're not yet used to the new reality.

You may feel...

  • Lost.
  • Upset.
  • Guilty.
  • Ashamed.
  • Powerless.

Situational depression has similar symptoms to clinical depression. But, it's no less crippling.

Out of sync, you couldn't care less about activities once fun to do. You've become tight-lipped. And, withdraw.

Signs you're not doing well, show up soon after the bombshell. Or, hide for weeks.

You may have...

  • Trouble with sleep.
  • Restlessness.
  • Pain.
  • Spotty concentration.
  • Memory blanks.

The shock may lose its intensity, symptoms ease off, and situational depression disappears. But, reminders keep you stuck.

The real danger is ignoring symptoms. Like, frequent urination. When they drag on for more than 2 weeks, clinical depression can set in.

Otherwise, it gets complicated...

Your mind, instead of working like a mean machine, hems and haws.  Thinking patterns sour, dig in, and are hard to get rid of. Nothing turns you on. Life, as you know it, grinds to a halt.

Is this what you want?

Do it yourself

Adapting to new circumstances is key as depression help. You can look forward again to tomorrow. Itching to find what makes your day. Makes you laugh again. And, again.

But, first...

Symptoms need to stabilize. Feeling better physically, your emotions are easier to digest. Less sensitive, your pain gets a chance to heal. You're right on track again, able to decode your anxiety disorder symptoms.

You can also take care of giving your daily routine a reboot.

Here's how...


...So, you can talk out your hurt in situational depression. With trusted friends. Or, family who love you.

Chatting not your thing?  Then, hang out with them...for the sake of it.


Do weekends...camping. Even if you don't feel like it.

Work on the car.

Go to a sports event. A loud one. And, another. Then, another.

The idea is to feel raw, "This is awesome!" sensation. And, makes you want more of it.

Eat the good stuff

Regularly. Search the Net with...'5 best nutritious' or 'Top 10' vegetables, meats, fruit, smoothies or snacks. Tips on how to prepare, for mouthwatering results, are often included.

What stands out, is how you'll feel. Lighter, with extra energy.  And, you'll want more, it feels this good.


Slow down before bedtime. This tells your body it's time to rest and recover. Cues set the tone. Routine is what cements habit. And,...we do love habits. It helps us feel secure.
Slowly, deliberately, turn off what stimulates – phones, computer, tablets and television. Quiet noise levels, including your voice. Blinds are closed, toys put away. Clothes, prepared for tomorrow.

Stretch...slip into bed.

Thoughts may swirl. The tendency is to fight them. But, it'll keep you awake.


Keep still with your eyes closed. Follow how you breathe. Pay attention to the rise and fall of your chest. This soothes and calms.


Your body thrives when it moves, stretches, and exerts itself. The brain approves and your mind clears.

You can walk, hike, bike or swim. Do yard work, garden, or lift weights.


If symptoms drag on, there's help to be had...

Interrupting helplessness

How you handle situational depression may not give results you're happy with.


Medication can stabilize symptoms. With the edge off, through therapy, you can overhaul techniques to handle the grief.

The goal?

Interrupt feelings of helplessness. By taking charge of how you can cope.

Ladies, for more info on learned this by Terry DeMeo. For guys, you'll like this take by Brett and Kate McKay.

You'll pick up better ways to handle situational depression. Learn to organize routines and feel safe. Troubleshoot problems so you don't relapse.

Keep in mind...

Your ability to learn is the secret weapon. Your strength.  It's always there to get you out of disappointing habits. Feeds your confidence. And, vaporizes embarrassment.

Psychotherapy in depression treatment can help you take on...

  • Gloomy, damaging thoughts.
  • No-win expectations.
  • Self-swipes at your character.


Discover what you lost, so you can grieve.  Learn, like in bipolar disorder, how to pick up signs. And, how to use convincing tactics to neutralize mood slumps.

In addition,...
To feel less alone, you can take steps to renew connection with others. How to get a conversation going and run with it. Help to find support groups sharing their ways to cope. And, to cut back disappointment, how to set goals you can reach.


Situational depression shows you need time to adjust after a life-changing event. Steady doses of self-care, early on, help you move on. Not happy with how you cope? Symptoms drag on too long? There's no shame in asking a therapist to show you how to get better and feel better.

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