Self-Help: Overcoming Situational Depression


Are you suffering from Situational Depression?

What is Situational Depression?
This is only a short-term condition caused by stress, life’s situations or events. It occurs when a person is unable to cope or adjust to a particular source of stress.

Situational depression will disappear if you already learned to adapt to new situations
Situational depression will disappear if you already learned to adapt to new situations

Situational depression can happen to anyone; men and women are affected equally. Stress is the most common cause of this kind of depression.

Typical events that leads to depression:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Being a victim of a crime
  • Failed relationships
  • Developing a serious illness (either you or your loved one)
  • Experiencing a traumatic accident
  • Living through a disaster such as fire, flood or hurricane


Core symptoms of Situational Depression:

  • Depressed mood and feeling of hopelessness
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Feeling tired and missing work or social activities
  • Abuse of drugs and alcohol
  • Feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement


We cannot deny the fact that our life is full of risky situations and events that can trigger stress inside us.

When you are too weak and finding it hard to cope with a source of stress as mentioned above, it may cause you this situational depression.

You will begin to feel sadness, hopelessness and fear on that moment of your life. This kind of depression doesn’t last long and will eventually disappear after you begin to adapt to new situations.

But sometimes, they last long; it depends on the circumstances or how big is the impact of that event on your life.

This emotional event is affecting practically everybody at least one time in their life. So that means, you are not alone; everybody experiences situational depression.

It is important that you know the causes and symptoms of situational depression to help you avoid more serious health problems. But keep in mind that what causes depression in you doesn’t cause it in your friend, family or someone else.

You can be emotional about failed relationship but somebody is less concern about it. Somebody may find it hard to cope up with financial loss but you may not be bothered at all.

In other words, when a person doesn’t consider the event or situation a big or major problem, the length of his or her depression about it will be short and that person can move on in no time.

Long periods of depression last long if it’s usually caused by big losses and have a really big impact on one’s life.

How To Overcome Depression

As any disorder, situational depression should be treated. The process may take time and a little bit slow to some situations but it’s worth trying to overcome it. It’s for our own good and for our future.

Help me forget...
Help me forget...
  • Try to keep yourself busy with the things that can help you forget the cause of the depression.

  • Take part in different sports and activities and enjoy every second of it.

  • Do not let the situation tear you apart, instead, try to find a positive gain on that experience.

  • Writing will also help you ease the pains you bear. Write and vent out all your emotions to pen and paper if you find it hard to talk to somebody. They would never judge or criticize you. They will just listen to the sobs and will be the witness on the drops of tear you will give them.

  • Go out of your hiding place and enjoy the beauty of the world, like taking time to walk on a nature. Nature helps clear our stressed minds. Breathe and admire the good things that life brings.

  • Talking and venting out to others who would listen is a major step. Talk to friends or relatives or someone you know about anything, about happy experiences or things that will make you happy. If you don’t want to talk to a friend, find a counselor or a professional in a field that could help you overcome your depression.

  • Set plans for yourself but do not set unachievable goals. It can help save free times on your thoughts.

  • Do not dwell on the past, it cannot be undone and the option we have is to move forward.

  • Believe that this will pass away and only you can help yourself recover and move on.

  • Always avoid negative thought and feeling of despair.

  • Try to explore nature, go for a hike, take a swim, or take a fishing trip.

  • Fight the feelings of negative that inhabit your body. It’s all in your mind.

  • Think positive, it really helps a lot to gain hope. Say “I am stronger than depression.

  • Remember, always pray to God to give you strength each day.

Yesterday is just a dream.

Let go of it and face the future with a strong and courageous heart. Just save all the lessons learned and knowledge that you have gained.

Nobody can make you feel depressed and hopeless without your permission.

Everybody deserves to have a stress-free minds and souls. It will always be your choice to pursue a bright and happy future. Reclaim your life and start to live again.

We always have the hope as long as we live.

Remember that God doesn't give someone trials he can't handle.

If you really want to be positive, nobody can stop you!


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Comments 57 comments

akhilnotout 4 years ago

nice one! :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks :)


Earl chryslei 4 years ago

Thanks! Very useful as well as interesting... After reading your hubs, most stress i felt were lessen.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thankss much! I'm glad to help..Thank you for reading!


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

That's what I'm talking about. Empowered writing comes from empowered people. Excellent Hub unknown spy, this will be of great benefit for anyone suffering from the obstacles life sometimes throws at us. Voted up, shared, beautiful, useful, and awesome :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello there James! :) Thank you so much for sharing this hub, I really appreciate this. :))


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Angelme566 4 years ago

I love this .. and i need to read this..so broad and you are able to connect with real life situation...I love this line--Nobody can make you feel depressed and hopeless without your permission. Everybody deserves to have a stress-free minds and souls. It will always be your choice to pursue a bright and happy future.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I feel down because I can't write childrens anymore. I used to able to sit and just about animals talking like you and I. Now I can only get as three pages then there's nothing else coming.

Voted up and interesting.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Great advice, I would just add that, in order to avoid serious depression, it is very important to feel happy with oneself and work in all the areas of our life, this gives us balance and is the best antidote to depression. When one area doesn´t work as well as we would hope for, we have the other areas working well that support us and prevent us from getting soooo affected by unwanted circumstances. If we don´t have nothing to fall back on, we are much more vulnerable. Every aspect of our life as human beings is important and should be work on for us to be happy, no one aspect is more important than the other. This is the lesson I´ve learned and can share with you :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Unknown, I am so, so proud of you! I've seen your progression in just a few weeks. It's funny, but I began writing as a release for my emotions. I always felt better once I got my thoughts on paper, no matter how dark they were. A few months back, I decided to compile my "poems" and publish them. I've not yet gotten that far, but as I was transferring them from hand-written notebooks to Word, so I can print, organize and offer as a book, I saw my growth. I saw myself go from the angry, hurt by love or searching for love, little girl, to a woman who began to know herself and what's important. Being strong and sure of yourself is what's important. You can't be there for others if you can't be strong enough for them to lean on!

Don't get me wrong; that doesn't mean I don't fall! In fact, a few months ago, I became so overwhelmed with life situations, that I took 3 days off from work to "empty out" as I call it. I was almost comotose, but I needed to shut down from others' problems and have a good talk with myself. Once I did that, I once again became strong and can be strong for others.

The whole name of the game is, be true to youself, nurture yourself and give yourself a strong sense of self. Once you do that, you can help others.

I am so proud of you, Unknown! Watching you blossom and gain inner strength is the same as seeing my son become the soul I saw in him as a baby!

LOL, Lady!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you sooo much Angelme566. Well I did put there quite a handful of 'how to' because I was there a couple of times before. I have to stand again.. Thanks for loving this!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello WRITER20. Sometimes when I feel like that, I take a moment to breathe outside. Leave everything for a little while and come back with so much ideas later on.. :)

Thanks for the votes too :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Claudia..your ahhmazing! What you've stated is really excellent. Thank you for sharing this. This is very true, that it is sooo important to feel happy and work in all areas of our life that gives us balance. Can I add this to my hub?


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

BRAVEWARRIOR.. I am so thankful for your kind words. Writing is indeed a great way to release emotions. I've been in nature trekking quite lately and this gives me so much positive energy. The adventures gives me ideas on my writings and this keeps me busy! So no time to think of something that could spark sadness on me. We are so much the same, I use to write poems and compile them, now i think i have hundreds. When I read them, I also saw my growth, for being a depressed, broken person to a much stronger me. All my poems are sad, lonely and wanting to escape. So this is for a change.

I salute you bravewarrior for being so brave and strong! Thank you thank you thank you again for believing!!

For a bright future ahead of us. Cheers!


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Rosalinem 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Unknown Spy this is very true and I can relate to this. Well Written and voted up and interesting.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi there Rosaline! Thanks for stopping by!


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Esther Earl 4 years ago

Great insights! Thank you for sharing, this can helps reader understand and avoid stress.

You're such a good writer... Wish you continue inspiring us!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much for leaving a beautiful comment! Very much appreciated.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Thanks!!! Of course you can add that to your hub, I am happy to have contributed with my comment.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Wow, thank you so much Claudia! I hope that in one way or another, we can help others.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Aahhh..good job unknown spy. Everyone should pick a spot that they can call their " happy place" where you can escape mentally when anxiety/stress/pressure, overwhelmed or "SD"rears it's head.

This is a temporary solution,but gives you am escape, refuge,so you can get your bearings..It is almost a form of meditation and has worked for me and my children/grandchildren many times...very original subject matter,written very well/informative...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you KJ Force! YEs, that's very true, we need temporary solution on hand if this SD strikes us so we could find our balance again and will not lead to more serious problems.

My heart says thank you so much for the wonderful message.


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epigramman 4 years ago

I would say that I suffer from this form of depression although it may be more anxiety than anything else - welcome to the human race - we all have issues to deal with on a daily basis and it all depends on how we deal with them - love your writing here - you deliver it like a world class assignment -with your expertise, knowledge and passion - love your beautiful avatar by the way - it speaks volumes of you I would imagine and so very nice to meet you my friend and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 11:25pm


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Epi..thank you thank you for loving this hub. I've been in and out of SD like for the past couple of years. I cannot control my emotions when I get depressed, as if all I wanted was to escape reality. As time goes by, all the lessons learned, all the steps that i've done to recover, were compiled and stored for future use.

That avatar just tell the whole of me. It's my pleasure to meet you sir, sending you good lucks and best wishes @12:16PM MLA time.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

A very great write! There is nothing I can add... I can just appreciate the great detail and research here

Awesome Hub!

Shared


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi to my very dear friend here, Rahul! How are you? Thanks for stopping by and sharing this hub!

Thank you so much :)


mary higgs 4 years ago

Thank you so much for your article unknown. This helped me alot.


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Very informative hub. Thank you for sharing this. Cheers to you.


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Some times situations hurt me a lot. Misunderstandings, blames on my innocence and lot more. Might be I ll go under depression. Useful information. Thanks...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks snow!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks Anusujith. but just always remember, nobody could make you feel depressed without your permission. Dont ever let their opinions make you think you're less. Because you are special.


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moiponetsoka 4 years ago from South Africa

i think i have occasionally depression some days i am up and happy and some days i am very down and killing myself crosses my mind but i am afraid of medication so i dont go to see a doctor. thanks for the hub


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks for reading Moiponetsoka. We really cannot avoid depressional situations on our life, but when we know how to handle it properly, it'll be gone in no time :)


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada

Excellent Hub. A lot of people are unaware of what Situational Depression is and that sometimes, all you have to do is leave the situation to be "cured". You have excellent points here. Good read.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Rosa, I appreciate your comment very much. Thank you!


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

I agree with most of your tips except avoid negative thought. I happen to do best when I let myself drown in my sorrows for a day or two or an hour or two...depending on the situation. Then I come back full force. I get tired of the feeling and it makes me more determined and stronger by "going there" and getting back.

A couple of years ago I was at my worst. A healthy woman turned ill- Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was all I had in me to deal with the pain. But the important lesson for me- sicne I've had many situational types of things come up in life- was to find my compass so to speak. Find what worked for me. We never really know how we deal with things or what helps us until we've been there. Then we use each experience to our advantage. What works for me...looking forward to something to do...a new book, going somewhere, etc. This is similar to your point about making plans.

I'm glad you wrote on this topic. Great choice!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you Ize.. I think that really works too. I find you as a very strong woman despite all the roughness of life. Sometimes things get out way and we feel depressed. I myself, always cry for a day or two and then come back full force, like you said..and i always avoid thinking negative thoughts so as not to drown myself again. ^;^

thanks again for reading!


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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

Awesome hub spy!!! I didn't get time to read this hub of yours before. Better late than never, I found it today.

Shared...and voted up and much!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Ash,,, thanks for the read.. God bless!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Unknown spy: voted up and useful, great advice, and I felt that your hub was filled with empathy, as you appear to understand...you have walked in alot of our shoes...I'm sure! I love to write letters to God, and I sure do when something or someone has upset me!

I believe your first suggestion was the BEST, to keep busy...my mantra has always been, "Action Absorbs Anxiety!

God bless, thank you for this very helpful, informative hub. Sparklea


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Sparklea. Yes, I really put all my heart into this hub because once upon a time, I suffered from situational depression..my gran died, the hurts and pains of love..of wanting to survive but i cant..oh those days.. that's great! i used to write to vent out all the emotions. then i would crumple the piece of paper together with all the disappointments and tears :)

Thank you for stopping by despite your hectic schedule sparklea.. be back soon. Take care! And all the best.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

And the very fact is , we are sitting on the rim of volcano regarding such problems, great suggestions and great hub, voted up.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you girishpuri..


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Depression is something that is hard to understand but I like how you frame the ability of the person to continue to work towards your own solution. No two people experience depression the same way so they cannot be treated the same way. Great hub!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Alecia. Thanks for the visit and for those nice comments you left this hub. I have been there myself and I've tried hard to pick up myself and move forward. Yes, agreed that no 2 people experience this same way. The situations differ.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Great advice Myz. I especially liked how you said that writing can help with situational depression, because I find for me at least this couldn't be more true. When I lost my grandfather, the best medicine was to write my feelings down, it truly was like a weight was being lifted off my shoulders. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

Depression is a hard thing to discuss and definitely harder to get over it .. There are so many ‘cures’ these days that promise instant healing and that can give false expectations. Sometimes periods of depression can be followed by big leaps forward in self-understanding, and if we try to force rapid change it usually keeps us stuck.

thanks a lot for your wonderful hub, , quite useful and beautiful


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

This hub has alot of great inforamtion. Depression is hard to go through and it is hard also for the family members of the depressed person. While I went through a period of depression I forgot my family experienced it too just in a different way. Don't forget about them.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Good tips. Situational depression has similar symptoms as clinical depression except it can be pinpointed to a particular event and has an end in sight. Clinical depression doesn't necessarily have that 'end' and is more cyclic. Thanks for your information. :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Janine thank you so much for reading. hubpages helped me ease my depression..that's why i came back writing just 6 months ago..and the first part of my hubs are all about heartbreaks..


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you so much Mike. yes, been receiving so many emails from people on the hub "fix me im broken", said to contact spellcasters? but that hub just give tips on what to give when a friend got his/her broken..its a question i have answered :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

appreciate it much jen. yes, you're right.. your family will be affected too.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you denise.i never elaborated clinical depression because i had no enough knowledge about this situation.. :) (eventhough research is available).. thanks for reading.


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Rehana Ferdinando 3 years ago from Colombo

A very informative and useful article. Well done :-)


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Taleb80 3 years ago

I agree with you" God doesn't give someone trials he can't handle."

Your hub is very helpful & the tips are great. Thanks for sharing with us.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thanks Rehana


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thanks for the comment taleb!

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