Friday, August 24, 2012


THREE TYPES OF DEPRESSION

There are many types of depression, but I will discuss the ones that impact black women the most:

Situational Depression
Dysthymia Disorder
Clinical Depression


Situational depression is stress caused by outside factors such as; loss of a loved one, loss of job or extended unemployment, or a hostile work environment. Situational depression can effect your normal everyday life in a negative way.  If left untreated for too long, situational depression can turn into Clinical or Major depression.  Exercise, yoga, meditation, eating right, prayer, and having a friend or support system can help you through this situation.  You need to talk to someone about the stressors that are impacting your life. Therapy and perhaps taking a anti-depressant on a short term basis, can also help you until your situation turns around for you.

RISK FACTORS FOR SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION

  • Poverty
  • Violence
  • Violence and pregnancy
  • Workplace stress/harassment/hostile environment
  • Chronic illnesses such as, cancer, heart disease, diabetes
  • Divorce/Widowed
  • Loss of a job


MORE TRIGGERS FOR SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION

No resolution for past abuses as a child or young woman such as:

•       Sexual abuse

       Incest

•       Rape

•       Violence

•       Emotional abuse

 



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