Is My Depression Chronic or Situational?

It’s okay and natural to feel sad sometimes. We all do. However, if you feel sad for extended periods, it’s worth investigating if it could be situational or chronic depression. Recognizing the difference between the two and finding the help you need to recover is vital to your overall health and well-being. Here, we talk about the difference between the two types of depression and what treatment options are available for you to consider. 


The Types of Depression: Chronic Vs. Situational

Although situational depression and chronic depression share many symptoms, there are some distinct differences.

Situational depression is a short-term or temporary state of being, characterized by a depressed mood. It’s often the result of a life-changing event, such as an accident or death in the family. Even without active treatment, activities such as talking with a friend, getting exercise, or joining a support group can resolve it over time. 

Chronic depression, on the other hand, is much more severe. It’s a long-term depressive disorder that interferes with your daily life. A disturbance in the chemicals in your body brings it on. However, chronic depression can also be intensified by alcohol and drug dependence, major life events, or genetics. It can last for a long time and requires more of an in-depth treatment plan, such as medicine and/or professional mental health counseling. 

Learning how to recognize the difference between chronic and situational depression can help you get the treatments you need to be on the road toward your recovery. 


How Do I Know Which One I Have? 

You know yourself better than anyone. The best way to determine if you have situational or chronic depression is to take a deep dive into how you’re feeling and behaving day-to-day. If you have any of the following symptoms every day within a two-week period, you may have chronic depression: 

  • Irritability
  • Reduced interest in activities that usually bring you joy
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain 
  • Decreased or increased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Inappropriate guilt
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Recurring thoughts of self-harm
  • Delusions, hallucinations, or other psychotic disturbances

If you’re unsure about which type of depression you have, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a physician or mental health specialist to talk about your unique situation. 


Finding a Depression Treatment Plan 

Getting the right treatment for your unique situation is vital to your overall health and well-being.

  • For situational depression, things such as getting outside more frequently, eating healthy meals, and getting on a consistent sleep schedule can help ease your symptoms.
  • For chronic depression, it’s often necessary to visit with a professional healthcare provider and take any medicines prescribed to help alleviate your symptoms. 

However, if you’re suffering from debilitating, chronic depression and haven’t been helped by more traditional treatments, you may need ketamine therapy for a solution. 


Ketamine As a Treatment Option

Ketamine might sound like a strange or unfamiliar treatment for chronic depression at first, but it has shown some very promising results in a number of scientific studies. It has been widely and safely used as an anesthetic since the 1960s. Over the past 15 years, research has shown that small doses of ketamine, delivered via a slow IV infusion, can rapidly relieve symptoms of depression. When administered in measured doses, unique conditions are created in the brain. These conditions trigger a delicate cascade of events within the body. This series of events is believed to restore normal connectivity between key brain regions. This relieves symptoms of many psychiatric disorders and of chronic pain. 

Research has found ketamine infusions to be effective in up to 70% of patients. Many of these patients had not been helped by other more traditional methods of depression treatment.


Schedule an Appointment at Miracle Hills Clinic 

If you think ketamine might be a good solution for you, please give our ketamine clinic a call. We’d love to work with you to find the best treatment options for your unique situation. 

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