Overcoming situational depression is all about embarking on a path to recovery that involves taking responsibility for bouncing back from the external factors that caused the temporary condition in the first place. The suffering can be alleviated and eliminated with this course of action.
In the second article we’ll discuss the specifics of a necessary treatment plan that involves the assistance of trained mental health professionals. But here, the focus will remain on getting the person suffering from this condition, and the people who care about them, to see the necessity of getting to that important step.
Whether you are suffering from this form of depression, which is also known as adjustment disorder, or you want to help someone else who is laid low by it, being proactive and solution-oriented is the key. As the old adage states, if you’re stuck in the problem, you can’t possibly be thinking about the solution. It is very important to note that if situational depression isn't dealt with effectively, it could result in lapsing into major depression, and can also lead to substance abuse problems.
Drugs and alcohol are not an effective coping mechanism and over-indulgence will only lead to a whole lot more trouble than the initial strain which brought about the condition.
As explained in Situational versus Clinical Depression: Determining the Difference, the former condition is brought about by an external and life-disrupting condition that a person is unable to cope with temporarily. It shares many of the characterizations of clinical depression in that the afflicted person can feel totally hopeless, intensely sad, exhibit anxiety, miss work or school, have changes in appetite, sleep problems, and other similar symptoms.
But with situational depression, no matter how terrible and despondent a person might feel from it, the upsetting event, situation, or circumstance (i.e. death of a loved one, job termination, end of relationship, shock, or hurt) that triggered this condition can eventually be coped with effectively. In essence, the person must come to terms with whatever happened and move on.