Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum. It feels to me like you may have situational depression. Please remember I am not a physician or a mental health professional.
Situational depression is an emotional event that will affect most everyone at some time or another because there is trauma in every day life circumstances. Quite different from a clinically depressed state, depressive episodes that are based on circumstances will generally last for shorter periods of time and be much less severe. Events in life that lead to blue moods, feeling down, or low motivation may trigger clinical depression in those who hold high risk factors. The exact cause of depression is not known, but there are theories that point to several contributing components, and when more than one risk factor is present in an individual's life, their chances for experiencing severe depressive episodes increases. Because of this, depressive states that are the result of life situations should be treated; decreasing the risk for a much more serious episode.
Getting help for short-term depressive disorders is as important as getting help for the clinically depressed.
I feel your Doctor should be consulted and counseling should be sought. Doctors can evaluate the physical conditions, offering guidance on keeping a healthy body and mind and antidepressants may be prescribed for the short term. Professional counseling can help in keeping a healthy perspective with talk therapy and processing traumatic events. Also, getting support from friends and family by letting loved ones know that life is difficult at this time can surround you with positive influence.
Please know coming here and sharing with the members was a very brave step to take. You are reaching out for help and this is a good thing.
Take care and stick with us.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/1/2009 11:06:50 AM (GMT-6)