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Difference Between Clinical Depression Vs Situational Depression

Everyone feels sad in their lifetime. It is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences oftentimes. Too much of it results to a serious condition known as depression. There are two types of depression: clinical and situational. Each one of them is caused by varying reasons, and as a result, tend to confuse people. Most of us find it difficult to tell the differences between clinical and situational depression. This blog post discusses the differences between the two.

What exactly is depression?

Depression is a medical condition that affects how you feel both physically and emotionally.
Depression causes a lot of damage to a person. You feel sad, tearful, emptiness and hopeless. It is normal when people feel sad, it is a way of expressing your feelings. But when the sadness becomes intense (feeling worthless, helpless and hopeless), lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from your daily life, it may be something far much worse — depression. Others could feel angry, irritated, frustrated and affected by the smallest of matters. Depression has affected so many people and the numbers keep going up daily

Situational Depression

Situational depression is a short-term, stress related type of depression. It develops faster after you experience traumatic events. Situational depression is also a kind of adjustment disorder. The condition can make it difficult for victims to adjust to their daily lives after traumatic events. Some of the situational depression causes include: 
Death of a loved one
Problems at home, school or work.

Clinical Depression

Clinical depression is a more severe type of depression. It is also known as major depressive disorder. This isn't the same as situational depression which can be caused by factors like loss of a loved one medical condition. Clinical depression can develop if the individual does not recover. It can be a severe mental condition and has the following symptoms.

  •  Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities
  • Sleep disturbances including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness

Depression can make it hard for someone to leave their home, so we have taken it upon ourselves to make sure they can offer online counseling services for the extra hard days

How Can You Treat Depression? 

Living with depression can be very difficult and treatment will help improve the quality of your life. . While there is no exact cure for depression, a treatment that many people have found effective is individual therapy.This is because it gives the individual an opportunity to reveal what they are going through. This makes it possible to talk them out of depression and stabilize their mental state.

Online Counseling

At Fresh Perspective Counseling understands that depression can make it hard for someone to leave their home, so we have taken it upon ourselves to make sure they can offer online counseling services for the extra hard days. You can get in touch with our experts anytime from the comfort of your home. Whenever you feel like you are under the bus, we will always be there to help get you back on your feet.


How long can it take to be cured of my depression?
The amount of time it takes for an individual to be cured of depression depends on how fast they respond to medication. Some individuals take as little as a few hours to get cured of depression while others take up to months.
Does lack of dopamine cause depression?
Low dopamine has been linked with several mental disorders including depression. Dopamine is involved in the movement as well as 'motivated behavior'. Therefore, low dopamine can cause depression. 
What can I do at home to treat my depression?
You can exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and avoid over thinking.  These steps will help to gradually bring down the level of depression in an individual.
Is depression the same as anxiety?
No. Even if they have similarities, these two terms are different. Anxiety is a condition where you often overthink what's going to happen, become worried that something wrong will happen, and tend to feel like you need to run away or avoid things that can cause more anxiety. On the other hand, depression is when you feel sad about the future, as though it is hopeless, and experience little worry, but instead a certainty of future negative emotions.
Are some people at higher risk of having depression?
There are a lot of factors that lead certain people towards depression more than others. Some of the factors include experiencing a serious loss, difficult relationship, financial problems, or any stressful change in life pattern. Also, taking certain medications may increase vulnerability to depression. However, it does not mean that if a person has these factors, he will certainly have depression.
Can depression lead to criminal behavior? If I commit a crime because of my depression, will I be prosecuted?
The link between depression and criminal activity is still unclear due to the lack of researches that could back up the topic. However, if the victim of depression is experiencing financial hardship, bullying, difficult relationships, etc., it may lead to criminal activity.

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