Situational depression

What is Situational Depression?

Situational Depression, also called Adjustment Disorder, is a stress-related condition that forms as an abnormal reaction to a stressful or unexpected event, and often includes anxiety, difficulty moving forward, reckless behavior, and impairments in social, occupational, or academic functioning.

What is the prevalence of Situational Depression?

Situational Depression is very common, with the percentage of individuals receiving outpatient treatment being 5-20%.

What are the symptoms of Situational Depression?

Symptoms of Situational Depression begin within three months of a stressful or traumatic event and last no longer than six months after the event. Some common symptoms include:

What are the risk factors associated with Situational Depression?

Stressful events such as divorce, marital conflict, relationship problems, life changes and transitions, adverse situations like unemployment, problems in school or work, ongoing stressors like living situation or medical illnesses

Additional Resources

Not sure whether you have Clinical or Situational Depression?

Read about the differences here.

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