Common Symptoms of Depression
- Low mood that persists
- Change in appetite or sleep patterns
- Inability to focus or concentrate on schoolwork or activities
- Loss of pleasure in activities, like socializing with friends or attending events
- Thoughts of harming or killing yourself
- Increased irritability
- Excessive fatigue or loss of energy
- Increased isolation
- Feelings of worthlessness
Visit ULifeline to learn more about depression. ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.
Unsure if you or if a friend has depression? Take ULifeline’s anonymous Self-Evaluator to learn if depression is affecting you or someone you love.
If you would like to speak directly with a Counselor about depression, contact the Office of Counseling Services.
Steps to Manage Depression
Mild depressive symptoms may be relieved by several counseling sessions to investigate causes and increase coping skills. More serious depression may require longer-term counseling and medication to address more severe symptoms. If you think you may be struggling with depression, contact the Office of Counseling Services for a full assessment. If you are having thoughts of suicide, please follow the instructions on the Crisis Situations and Emergencies page.
Read on for several basic depression management skills:
- Obtain plenty of sleep and attempt to achieve a regular sleep schedule (going to bed and waking up at the same times daily.)
- Exercise! Research suggests that regular exercise can benefit depressive symptoms almost as much as taking an anti-depressant!
- Reach out for help. Call a friend or a family member for support. Spend time with people you love.
- Be active. Isolating and withdrawing can be a temptation, but they only add to depressed feelings. Get out and engage in activities, even if it takes some effort.
- Work on your thoughts. Often negative thinking accompanies depression, such as “I’m not good enough,” or “This will never get better.” Take a moment to consider your attitudes and thinking patterns. Work to identify positive and empowering messages to counter any negative thoughts that may be fueling your depression.
See our Helpful Resources page for more information on depression and depression management.