- Persistent sad or empty mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Inability to sleep or oversleeping
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Do these sound like things you are experiencing? Take the free online screening.
Depression is more common than you might expect. It effects about 20 million Americans every year. There are also lots of treatments for depression. There are medications that are available designed to shift the balance of chemicals in your brain. Another option is therapy which can teach you to cope and learn other problem solving skills.
Other things you can do to help you feel better include:
- Improving diet (some believe that certain foods contribute to the chemical imbalance in the brain)
- Setting a small goal for each day
- Talking to friends and family
For more tips on overcoming depression, click here for resources from University Counseling Service.
Sources: “Fact Sheet on Depression” by The National Mental Illness Screening Project, “Depression and Anxiety” by Forest Pharmaceuticals and http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/student-life/services-and-resources/health-counselling-services/resources/depression/managing-depression.cfm
Want to help a friend who is depressed?
- Be supportive – let the person know you are concerned and that you care
- Don’t blame the person
- Don’t give false assurances
- Tell the person that depression is not a sign of weakness
- Encourage the person to seek professional help
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