Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring and Situational Depression

So I was going to write a post on situational depression - how it happens and how I believe it's real and how it doesn't necessarily degrade the notion of clinical depression.  I wasn't sure that it was really mentioned in the  recent series on depression. 

For the record, I'm talking about the type of depression where one has recently lost a loved one, lost a job, went through a divorce or is in a stressful situation.  In addition to therapy and medication, making changes to one's situation can be important as well.  Sometimes I feel like that's heresy to some people, but that's my belief.  PS.  It appears that wry may agree with me!  So I must be right. ;)

I decided I wasn't interested in writing a long post about that.  What works for some people doesn't/won't work for others.  In the end, people will reach the point where they realize they can't manage their own lives and change.  Or they won't. 

I will say, I have found personally, making changes to my situation(s) and perspective has greatly helped me. 

Spring is definitely here, however.  I was thinking we would get another snowfall - but it's March 19th and no snow yet!  Yay!

Each year during the winter I keep thinking that my kids are watching too much television and too many movies - then, it never fails, the weather warms up and we migrate outside. 

I'm not sure if these two thoughts are related or not.  Perhaps they are more related than one would think.


Freckle Face Girl said...

I think cabin fever does add to situational depression. For me, making changes is the key. I am a little too crazy about that though, so I don't recommend it to others too often. :)

Aerin said...

FFG - it's true...I guess I was thinking more in terms of, sometimes people are in situations that are affecting their moods and could be a partial cause to their depression. And they can (thoughtfully) make changes that can make a difference. And sometimes things (like the weather) just need to be waited out. It's hard to know what that line needs to be, but it's a gift (to my mind) to know that some changes can be made.