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.
Depression is one of the most common mental health concerns that affects people from all walk of life. In some cases, symptoms of depression are mild, short term, and minimally disruptive to overall functioning. However, when symptoms are persistent and
more intense, many areas of daily life—classes, jobs, social and personal relationships, and family—can be significantly affected. Such cases require professional attention that may include talk therapy.
Depression is more than feeling sad. It can involve a few or many of the symptoms listed above and it can take place even if there is not a particular event or situation causing it to happen. It is important to know that depression is not having a “bad day,” and depression does not reflect any weakness in character. Depression can be painful and disruptive for the person experiencing it, and it can often be difficult to ask for help. It is important to remember depression is a real,
treatable illness and is nothing to be ashamed about. If you are feeling depressed, tell someone how you are feeling: a friend, family member, counselor, doctor, advisor, professor, spiritual guide, etc.
First, take some time to think about why you are sad. Oftentimes, 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 if 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.
For more information on depression:
The Counseling Center offers a number of services geared toward exploring, processing, and managing concerns with depression, including:
To begin services, please contact the IUP Counseling Center at email@example.com or call 724-357-2621.