A major depressive episode brought on by an apparent event or situation such as the loss of a job or a relationship. The condition is also called depressive reaction, exogenous depression or neurotic depression.

REACTIVE DEPRESSION: "Wendy suffered from reactive depression after the divorce and loss of custody of her daughter."
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