What Is Depression?
Depression is considered a disorder of mood. The symptoms can range from mild to severe disruptions in mood and may include some or all of the following: overwhelming feelings of sadness or grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, low energy or fatigue, poor concentration, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, feelings of hopelessness, and may include thoughts of death or suicide. Anyone can become depressed due to life circumstances. Sometimes we are aware of what is creating the depression and sometimes we aren't.
Certain people will suffer from a severe form of depression commonly called major depression. Major depression can develop as early as age 15 and has a strong hereditary component. The symptoms of major depression are generally a more severe form of the symptoms listed above and will generally interfere in a severe way with general life functioning.
If the symptoms listed above persist, every day for two weeks or more, you may be suffering from depression. Treatment is available in the form of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. Often treatment requires a combination of both of these approaches.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from depression, help is available at the Student Counseling Center. For further information or assistance, please call the Counseling Center at 549-2859. You may also contact your primary care physician for help or information.
If you have answered "yes" to some or all of these questions, please call the Student Counseling Center for further help at (719) 549-2859.
Symptoms of Depression:
* low interest in normal activities
* depressed mood
* sleep disturbances
* impaired thinking and concentration
* significant weight loss or gain
* low self-esteem
* less interest in sex
* thoughts of death
* agitation or slowing of body movements
Please Ask Yourself These Questions
* feel sad, anxious or "empty"?
* sleep too little or perhaps too much?
* have loss of appetite or urge to constantly eat?
* find no pleasure in activities you once enjoyed?
* feel restless or irritable?
* have persistent physical symptoms that won't respond to treatment?
* have difficulty concentrating or making decisions?
* feel fatigued or without energy?
* feel guilty or hopeless?
* have thoughts of death or suicide?