These results suggest that the published clinical lore that youths regularly experience reactive depression
as they leave the foster care system (Anderson & Simonitch, 1981) should not be accepted without caution and deserves further investigation.
Today, Gary is unable to work and suffers from auto-immune disorders, toxic myopathy, chronic obstructive lung diseases with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, blood disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, liver dysfunctions, polyarthritis, swelling of feet and lower legs, muscle weakness, cardiac arrhythmia, reactive depression
, and memory loss.
A jury returned an open verdict after his estranged wife, Alison told how he had been diagnosed with reactive depression
and had taken 15 overdoses.
Reactive and endogenous depression: Reactive depression
is caused by the person's response to external events while endogenous depression has no obvious external cause.
For people experiencing its endogenous form, recurrences often appear with minimal environmental nudges, while people with reactive depression
slide back into melancholy in response to highly stressful events.