What is depression?
Depression is more than just “the blues.” It’s natural to feel down from time to time. But depression can interfere with daily life and activities, lasts 2 weeks or longer, and may go away but come back again. Depression may have one or more causes: a chemical imbalance in the brain, genetics or a family history of depression, life changes, such as a loved one’s death- or even a happy event, such as a new job, certain illnesses or medications, using drugs- including using too much alcohol.
Symptoms of Depression
- Lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Confusion or difficulty making decisions
- Drop in school performance
- Eating or sleeping problems
- Low self-esteem or guilt
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Problems with authority
- Anxiety or phobias
Treatment for depression often includes a combination of medications and psychotherapy. Call the Counseling and Disability Services office to schedule an appointment.
It may also help to talk with a trusted family member or friend, do things to help lift your spirits such as taking a walk with a friend, reading a good book, going out for a meal or to a movie, or visiting a favorite place and starting an exercise program. Be kind to yourself.