Reactive depression

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What is reactive depression?

The term reactive depression is a category of clinical depression. It refers to an inappropriate state of depression that is precipitated by events in the person's life (to be distinguished from normal grief) arising as a consequence of severe life events.

Common symptoms reported by people with reactive depression

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with reactive depression

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
reactive depression (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
reactive depression (8) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (4) reactive depression (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
reactive depression (4) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5) reactive depression (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more

Data from patients with reactive depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with reactive depression

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for reactive depression (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation elevated blood pressure 7 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
reactive depression (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for reactive depression (3 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue tiredness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
reactive depression (8) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for reactive depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty with orgasm fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux headaches 5 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (4) reactive depression (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of balance
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for reactive depression (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth insomnia 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
reactive depression (4) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
none
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (5) reactive depression (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constant tiredness dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with reactive depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has reactive depression on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 136
30s 160
40s 199
50s 259
60s 147
70+ 35
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 128
20-29 years 97
30-39 years 68
40-49 years 59
50-59 years 24
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

74% Female
26% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 405
Not Diagnosed 145

These charts show data from reactive depression patients who have completed their condition history
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