Situational Depression ?
Q: I've been having a private discussion with someone else about a
diagnosis I once got from a doctor for *situational depression*.
It was right after I was raped and I needed time off from *life*
to recover. And I needed money. So the doctor gave me a
diagnosis of *situational depression*
A:Here is a website called Ask Noah About Depression. Situational Depression symptoms are the same as Clinical Long-Term Depression, only it is *assumed* you'll *get over it* because you are depressed about a certain *situation* that happened to you. Just click on here, and any places IN the website that are blue or red can be clicked into for further information: http://www.noah.cuny.edu/illness/mentalhealth/ushc/depression.html You are making an erroneous distinction. Major depression is diagnosed based on the following criteria. Life experience is irrelevant to the diagnosis (unless you are talking about a normal grief reaction). At least five of the following symptoms have been present during the same two-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood, or (2) loss of interest or pleasure. (Do not include symptoms that are clearly due to a physical condition, mood- incongruent delusions or hallucinations, incoherence, or marked loosening of associations.) Yes, anti-depressant medications are also used to treat dysthmia (as well as other disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder). Dysthmia is a less severe form of chronic depression (persisting for two years or more) but many patients with this diagnosis also respond well to anti-depressants.
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