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Depression Isn’t Simple

Depression Isn’t Simple

Depression Isn’t Simple

By: Josh White, MA, LCMHC, CGPPosted: Section: Articles

Depression Isn’t Simple

Over the years, we have become more aware of the challenges posed by depression to the mental health of people of all ages. However, this heightened attention can also bring confusion because there is more than one form of depression. The two main types have varying causes and treatments.

Reaction Control 

For example, there is situational depression.

This form of depression is generally brought on by external life events, i.e., by one’s situation. For example, young people can be depressed for aperiod of time if their parents are going through a divorce or if they are having difficulties in school. At their age, they have less life experience than adults and may find it hard to believe that “this, too, shall pass.” Moreover, they are beginning to form their identities and a lot is being thrown at them all at once. They are in transition from childhood to adulthood and searching for the right way to be successful.

Symptoms of situational depression may include:

  • Loss of interest in activities;
  • Lack of motivation to achieve in school or elsewhere;
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness;
  • Sleeping too much or too little;
  • Sadness

Controlling our reaction to new variables in life is part of the growth process, and while it can only be acquired in the fullness of time, that maturation will happen faster if a directed, mindful approach is taken to situational depression.

The way to become mindful enough that such a serene way of being is possible will definitely vary from person to person. Especially with at-risk youth who have become depressed, and feel there's no way out of their situation, the approach must be tailored to the individual.

One situationally depressed person is notthe same as another. John is sad because his parents got a divorce, Mike just failed an exam, and Jill broke up with her boyfriend.

Then, there is clinical depression.

This is a much more complex phenomenon, and one that challenges its victims and clinicians alike. It appears to have some genetic causes, and stress also plays a role. Some illnesses, such as heart disease, may trigger it. While the symptoms may be the same as for situational depression, the causes appear to be quite different.

It seems that clinical depression is not affected by one’s situation and it may not go away. Friends and relatives may ask, “Why is she so sad? She has accomplished so much and has everything going for her?”Those asking this question don’t realize that external successes may be something the depressed person seeks in order to feel better, but these milestones really don’t help. Instead, someone suffering from this illness may need medication, psychotherapy, or both.

Individualized Treatment

Finding a treatment center to help you or a loved one who's an at-risk youth transcend depression of either type can be difficult. There are some things to look for which may recommend one over another.

Red Mountain Sedona offers unique therapeutic options tailored to a variety of students. At-risk youth and young adults who complete the Red Mountain program become equipped to lead healthy, independent lives.  To learn more about what we offer, give us a call at: 855-998-5272

 

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