• All of us have felt "down" or discouraged at times when things were not going well. There are normal variations in moods over time and even day-to-day. However, depression is a disturbance in mood where you may feel particularly unhappy, discouraged, lonely, or negative toward yourself. It may affect you academically, socially, romantically, or even in relationships with family members.

    Depression may range from mild to severe depending upon the associated symptoms and the extent the condition interferes with everyday functioning. In milder forms, depressed moods are usually brief and may have little effect on everyday activities. Moderate to severe depression includes symptoms that are more intense, last longer, and tend to interfere more with school, work and social functioning.

    Signs and Symptoms

    • Feelings of sadness or emptiness
    • Decreased interest or pleasure – even in activities that you used to enjoy
    • Feeling worthless, guilty, or hopeless
    • Isolating yourself from others
    • Fatigue
    • Indecisiveness
    • Irritability
    • Lack of motivation
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
    • Suicidal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors

    What to Do If You Feel Depressed

    First, take some time to think about why you are sad. Often times feeling sad is an appropriate and expected reaction to a situation. However, if your symptoms and “down” feelings persist for multiple weeks, are significantly interfering with your social or academic life, or you have any thoughts of self-harm, it is recommended that you contact the Counseling Center and schedule an appointment to meet with one our counselors.

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