Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living. You are not alone, help is readily available at the Counseling Center.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it. Depression may require ongoing treatment. But don't get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, counseling or both.
Concerns may include: feeling sad, hopeless, and/or unmotivated; you may be tearful for "no reason"; notice a change in mood; decreased or increased appetite; fatigue no matter how much you sleep; inability to fall or stay asleep; not wanting to get out of bed; not going to classes or fulfilling other obligations; feel guilty; low self-esteem; irritable; or any combination of these symptoms that are interfering with your ability to be successful as a student.
There is no one single cause for the onset of depression because a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors all play a role.