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.
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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