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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
  • Perfectionism
  • Restlessness

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.

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