Established 2003

Situational Depression

The Inability To "Snap Out Of It"

Situational depression involves symptoms of depression that are directly related to trauma or stress. It is not a recognized clinical disorder but is an informal term used to describe what may be more formally diagnosed as adjustment or situational disorder. These feelings of depression are usually triggered by a traumatic event, sudden stress, or major life change. Triggers can include such things as a serious accident, divorce, job loss, or death of a loved one.

Symptoms of situational depression include:

  • Excessively aggressive and/or violent behavior
  • Feelings of low mood and sadness 
  • Hopelessness, Loneliness, Social Isolation 
  • Poor concentration and lack of motivation 
  • Withdrawing from normal activities 
  • Thoughts of suicide

After a difficult life event, whether it is a change in a relationship, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, incarceration, the stress of the situation can cause a person to display a number of responses. There are certain factors that may increase the risk of situational depression. These include:

  • Having an existing mental health condition
  • Past childhood stress and trauma 
  • Experiencing multiple traumas or stressors at the same time 
  • A family history of depression


@GRAAFICS is different and is highly effective. However, because of the professional and sensitive nature in which we treat situations that may involve situational depression; and because we never want to infringe on anyone’s confidentiality.