What Is Stress Reactive Depression
Depression is a fairly well used
term in everyday life so most people have some kind of
understanding of what the word means. In simplistic terms, it
is a feeling of lowliness or unhappiness. However there are
different types of depression which are classified by the
source of the depression. These classifications are reactive
depression and endogenous depression. This article will look a
what is stress reactive depression and show how it differs from
endogenous depression. It will suggest common treatments and
ways to deal with it.
Reactive depression is
characterized by the cause of the feeling of depression and is
sometimes known as an adjustment disorder. The cause is some
external event to the individual suffering from the depression.
The common example is the death of a loved one. This will cause
suffering, unhappiness and a host of other feelings that might
be termed depressed. These feelings are a natural response to
the event and take time to come to terms with. These feelings
are reactive depression.
The general consensus is that
this depression is a natural response and there would be
something wrong with a person if they did not have these
feelings. As the source of depression is known by the sufferer
it is often easier to heal the depression. In many respects a
bit of time from the stressful or traumatic event is all that
is needed. Other things like talking to people about your
feelings can help or doing things to take your mind off the
source of the depression will also work. In severe cases
cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) might be useful. This is a
form of counseling that helps the person to change their
perceptions of negative thoughts and sentiments. The CBT gives
the person ways to turn around negative thoughts by giving
alternative ways to looking at a situation.
Reactive depression must have an
end point. The natural healing process to the traumatic event
must be seen to be making progress. The mood of the person is
changing, even if only slowly, for the better. If, for example,
they isolated themselves from other people, over time they
should start to become more sociable. If progress is not
apparent over a length of time the depression might not be
reactive but endogenous depression.
Endogenous depression or clinical
depression has no external source as the cause of the
depression. As the term suggests it is internal to the person.
They feel depressed because they feel depressed. This is often
a mental health problem that may stem from some external event
but the suffering, heart and depression has been internalized
to such an extent that the sufferer has no awareness of it.
This is the most severe type of depression a person can suffer
from. CBT is often used to help people in these cases, in
conjunction with some form of anti-depressant drug.
Reactive Depression is a natural
response to a traumatic event or stressful situation. Provided
that the person is dealing with the depression in some way then
it should dissipate with time. If it does not seem to be going
them it might be advisable to see a doctor as the depression
might be becoming more deep seated and require professional