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January 19, 2024

Relocation Depression Test

Kristie Plantinga
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January 19, 2024
5 min to read
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Did you start struggling with your mental health after moving to a new place? This is often referred to as relocation depression.

Adjusting to your entirely new surroundings is stressful, and you might feel isolated or regretful about your decision. Sounds familiar?

This relocation depression quiz will give you an idea of how your mental health is after your recent move and give you ideas on how you can overcome relocation depression.

How accurate is this quiz?

At Best Therapists, we believe that online mental health quizzes can be an excellent first step towards improving our mental health. Quizzes like this one can educate you and provide opportunities for self-reflection, but note that they are not a substitute for professional assessments and diagnoses.

Before you dive in, note that relocation depression is not an official diagnosis according to the DSM-5 (the official diagnostic manual for mental health professionals). Depression (in its various forms) is an official diagnosis, but that involves its own set of criteria. If you think you might have diagnosable depression, we recommend consulting with a mental health professional.

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Frequently asked questions

What are common signs of relocation depression?

Relocation depression manifests itself a few ways (and is not limited to this list).

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or loneliness
  • Difficulty adjusting to new surroundings
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Anxiety or excessive worry about the move
  • Physical symptoms like headaches or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Longing for the familiarity of the previous location

If these sound familiar, you might have relocation depression.

Are certain age groups more susceptible to relocation depression?

Yes, according to an article on CalmSage, research shows that older adults and children are more prone to relocation depression.

What are some ways to overcome relocation depression?

Your relocation depression is likely situational. Here are a few things you can do to combat it:

  • Build a support network: Connect with local communities, neighbors, or support groups.
  • Establish routines: Create a sense of stability through consistent daily activities.
  • Explore new interests: Engage in activities that spark joy and contribute to a positive mindset.
  • Seek professional help: Consult with a therapist or counselor for guidance.
  • Stay connected: Maintain communication with friends and family from your previous location.
  • Give yourself time: Understand that adjustment takes time; be patient with the process.
  • Focus on the positives: Identify and appreciate the benefits of the new location.
  • Set realistic expectations: Acknowledge challenges and set achievable goals for adaptation.
  • Embrace change: Cultivate a positive attitude toward the opportunities that come with relocation.

Try a few of these and see if they help.

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Written by
Kristie Plantinga

Kristie Plantinga is the founder of Best Therapists. Along with being on the client-side of therapy, Kristie has had the honor of working directly with therapists in her marketing agency for therapists, TherapieSEO. While working alongside therapists, she learned about the inequities in our mental health system that therapists face on a daily basis, and she wanted to do something about it. That’s why Best Therapists is a platform designed to benefit not only therapy-seekers, but therapy providers. Kristie has a Masters degree in Written Communication and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Music.

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Katelyn McMahon
Registered Psychotherapist, VT #097.0134200

Katelyn is a therapist-turned-writer with a passion for mental health. She has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of England and is a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Vermont. Katelyn has professional experience in aging care, addiction treatment, integrated health care, and private practice settings. She also has lived experience being on the client side of therapy. Currently, Katelyn is a content writer who’s passionate about spreading mental health awareness and helping other therapists and therapy-seekers Do The Work.

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