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Addressing Depression After Tragedy

Life is unpredictable, and sometimes it strikes with stress, tragedy or unforeseen hardship. Becoming unemployed, losing a loved one or ending a marriage are part of some people’s life stories, and such major events can, understandably, lead to situational depression. The key to beating those feelings is recognizing them early and seeking the appropriate kind of help.

While people with major depressive disorder experience symptoms of depression nearly every day, those with situational depression generally don’t experience symptoms until after a big change or loss in their lives. It’s normal and even expected to feel sad or angry after events like these, but pay attention to the following signs and symptoms if they begin interfering with your daily life:

  • Changes in appetite (overeating or undereating)
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Frequent crying
  • Inability to concentrate at work or school
  • Withdrawal from relationships and social activities

Chronic depression can be treated with medication prescribed by a psychiatrist, who can work with you over time to find the best type of treatment and dosage to manage your symptoms. But if your depression was brought on by a life event, counseling may be more beneficial for you. A trained mental health provider can help you unpack what happened, why it may be affecting you so deeply, and how to cope with the problem in healthy, productive ways.

Whether your depression is ongoing or just beginning following a major life event, it’s important to find support. Now you can find mental health resources right from your phone or tablet. Visit for more information. Your care, anywhere.