Short term depression can strike anyone at any time. It can be caused by loss; that of a loved one, a job or a family pet. It can be caused by fear, for ourselves, our loved ones and even our country. 9/11 is a good example of the latter.
Recognizing the symptoms: Short term depression has most of the symptoms of other types. Appetite changes, mood swings, feeling down and changes in sleep patterns are all signs. Depending on the severity it could make someone want to harm themselves or someone else. It definitely needs recognized and treated.
Do it yourself remedies: Mild depression could be helped with some at-home remedies. Aromatherapy oils such as lavender and jasmine can help relax and soothe the mind. Tea made from those plants as well as chamomile and passionflower may be beneficial. If sleep is a problem, a hop pillow could make it easier to fall asleep. Do not use anything stronger without consulting your doctor and a qualified herbal practitioner.
Self-diagnosis: This can be a problem, especially if you don’t recognize the severity of the depression. It’s very easy to underdiagnose or over-diagnose. The patient doesn’t have the perspective a loved one or doctor might have. If the home remedies above don’t help or don’t help enough, you will need more help.
When to get help: If you have thoughts of harming yourself or others, it is considered a psychiatric emergency. This can happen even in short term depression. If the depression doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor.
What are the treatments? There are times when short term depression runs its course with absolutely no treatment. There are also times when some intervention needs to be done. One of the first may be counseling or a support group. These are helpful when there are others with the same difficulties present, such as in the death of a loved one. Talking out the pain and listening to others and how they are handling the same situation can help relieve some of the depression.
Severe cases may require medication. For this, it is better to allow a doctor to handle the choice of medication and to stick with orthodox treatment. The stronger herbal remedies might be useful in some cases, but there are quite a few drug interactions and side effects.
Short term depression needs the same amount of care as clinical depression. It is still depression. The good news is that it is often short term. It may be hard to see that now, but as time and treatment progress you will begin to feel like yourself again.