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For Students/Self Help - Worried About Depression?

What is it?

Everyone feels blue or sad once in a while. However, these feelings typically pass within a couple of days. When a person has depression, it interferes with his or her daily life and routine, such as going to work, studying, going to class, and relationships with family and friends. Depression causes pain for the person who has it and for those who care about him or her.

Depression can be very different in different people or in the same person over time. It is a common but serious. Treatment can help those with even the most severe depression to get better.


  • Ongoing sadness, anxiousness or empty feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Feeling irritable or restless
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or difficulty making decisions
  • Not able to go to sleep or stay asleep (insomnia); may wake in the middle of the night, or sleep all the time
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Thoughts of suicide or making suicide attempts
  • Ongoing aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not go away

What can I do about it?

  • Even in severe cases, depression is highly treatable. The most common treatments of depression are psychotherapy and medication. Psychotherapy offers people the opportunity to identify the factors that contribute to their depression and to deal effectively with the psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and situational causes of their depression.
  • It is very important for people who may be struggling with depression to seek care from a licensed mental health professional that has training and experience in helping people.

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