Guide To Reactive Depression

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If you have recently been feeling down, blue, sad, or overwhelmed you may be experiencing depression.  If you have struggled with feelings of guilt, self loathing, and worthlessness you may be experiencing depression.  If you have experienced a change in your eating or sleeping habits you may be experiencing depression.  You may experience symptoms of depression as the result of a loss or change in your living circumstances.

There are many different types of depression.  Some people suffer from mild depression while others may experience moderate to severe depression.  Some people may suffer from neurotic or psychotic depression; and some people suffer from reactive depression.

What Is Reactive Depression?

This type of depression is also referred to as an adjustment disorder with depressed mood.  It is usually encountered by a mood swing that is an extension of the normal upset feelings that are usually experienced after a sad event happens in someone’s life.  An example of this may be the death of a friend, family member or co-worker or any other significant loss such as losing a child that goes off to college, or a retirement.  Any even that causes an overwhelming state of sadness can lead to depression in the reactive form.

How Can I Treat It?

The good news is that this particular type of depression, unlike many others, is not usually severe. In most cases the disorder is classified as being mild to moderate depending on the severity of the feelings being experienced.  Normally the depressed person is happy to get back to the normal routine of life and enjoys becoming engaged in the things that interest them.  One very important way to combat it is to get back to your same routine again.  Don’t allow yourself to sit around and dwell on what made you sad to begin with.  Enjoy going through the daily motions of life again.  Once you get back to your normal routine and get some structure back into your life the condition usually subsides.

Symptoms are very similar to those of other forms of depression.  Some of the recommended treatments include cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy.  It is also important to focus on resolving the problem that resulted in the initial stress that produced the feelings that led to the depression in the first place. Finding a way to overcome your fears and finding a logical solution to your problems will help you to recover from your depression much faster.

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  1. anne
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    any one suffering from reactive depression

  2. karen
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I suffered from it and cause was my working environment.

    Have not suffered from it for some 8 years since being self employed.

  3. Becky
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I find this very interesting i have suffered from severe depression/bipolar since I was 14 I am now 20 and on a very high dose of medication. my husband has stuck by me through my ups and downs and cant help but feel it’s my fault that he just recently got diagnosed with reaction depression I can’t really find much about it but just the name reaction depression triggers off in my head that it’s a reaction to my depression any one think am wrong in thinking this?x

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