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Situational Depression In Children
No But Not Rare: Depression in childhood, at least of a severity that requires treatment, is not common (maybe 3-5% of the population). At the same time, this becomes a pretty large numbr when you start looking at groups of children. Also, depression is much more common among certain groups of kids - those with chronic medical illness, or children who have been abused. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Treatment options: Talking with a therapist or psychologist may be helpful to assist you in identifying the issues that are precipitating the depression and helping you to find better more effective ways of coping with the depression. Change your situation if you can, rather than just looking for symptom relief. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Due to circumstance: Situational depression is when symptoms of depression occur as a direct consequence of an isolated event or series of events. For example, divorce, relationship troubles, rejection letters, and death of a loved one can all cause situational depression in a person who has otherwise never had depressive symptoms. Treatment for various forms of depression are similar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any situation: Sometimes we use situational depression synonymously with adjustment disorder with depressed mood. You should expect a certain amount of low mood when something difficult happens. But we call it situational depression when the low mood persists or is more that one would expect. What situation would cause this reaction varies from person to person. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can: Situation depression, often called reactive depression, refers to changes in mood and functioning that result from something happening such as work-related stress or relationship problems. Symptoms can be as severe is "major depression, " including poor sleep, change in appetite, loss of energy, even suicidal thoughts. If it is overwhelming, seek help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Some people are more prone to becoming depressed, likley as a result of heredity or previous negative experiences. There is evidence that the more often someone gets depressed, the more likely they will be depressed again in the future. ...Read more
How impairing?: Situational depression is as "real" as other forms of depression--it just has a known cause, as opposed to endogenous depression. Both can cause severe impairment. If one can change the "situation, " that may be the best treatment for the former. Medications can be helpful with either, as can several types of talk therapy. Doing nothing is the least helpful option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can situational depression/ adjustment disorder turn into clinical depression if its not treated? Just asking for curiosity.
Depression: Depression of any sort be it through chemical imbalance, or environmental stress can worsen when not properly addressed, or treated. Get yourself evaluated for depression, see if medication is warranted, and find a reputable psychotherapist to help figure out what depression means to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coping skills: Agree with dr. Fowler. To add, reevaluate what worked for you in the past and works now. Look at things you can/cannot control. Keep your routine to make your environment more predictable. Do self-care, exercise, relaxation. Focus on your thoughts and how they influence your sense of well-being. Having a mental health professional to guide you through the process will help.. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have situational depression. Due to my current lifestyle married to a military member. was on celexa (citalopram) stopped it 6 mths ago. I need something ?
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more
Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my situational depression until I can see a doctor?
Self help: You need to connect to others. Talk with family, friends and your minister or priest or help line. Maybe you can see a social worker, therapist or psychologist while waiting for your appt. This will be more useful than anything you get in a store. Your doctor can then evaluate you whether you need medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?
I was prescribed remeron, (mirtazapine) for sleep problems and also hope to knock out situational depression with it. 30mg daily. Is this a good medication?
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