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Common Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent sadness
  • Change in appetite, eating too much or not enough
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep or sleeping too much
  • Inability to focus or concentrate on schoolwork or activities
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Loss of pleasure in activities, like socializing with friends or attending events
  • Feeling bad or yourself or experiencing negative thoughts
  • Increased irritability
  • Excessive fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling isolated or alone
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Physical symptoms: headaches, body pain, digestive issues
  • Thoughts  you would be better off dead, thoughts of harming or killing yourself

If you would like to speak directly with a Licensed Professional Counselor about symptoms of depression, contact the Office of Counseling Services.

Steps to Manage Depression

Mild depressive symptoms may be relieved by several counseling sessions to explore 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 an appointment. If you are having thoughts of suicide, please follow the instructions on the Crisis Situations and Emergencies page.