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Everyone feels sad sometimes. You may even experience times when you are unmotivated or when you have negative thoughts about yourself. If such thoughts and feelings persist for days or weeks, or if they interfere with your daily functioning, then you may be depressed. You may also experience behavioral changes (e.g., isolating, drinking alcohol more frequently, using drugs when you ordinarily wouldn’t). These difficulties are normal responses to the changes you experience in college (adjusting to a new environment, changes in stress) and in life in general (relationships, grief and loss). Sometimes, you may not be able to identify a specific cause and there are many strategies you can utilize to manage these symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent sadness
  • Lack of interest
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of appetite, overeating or digestive problems
  • Excessive sleep/insomnia/frequent or early waking
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Headache, backache or other unexplained pain or discomfort
  • Physical agitation or restlessness
  • Chronic fatigue or loss of energy
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, or guilty
  • Difficulty concentrating, impaired memory, indecisiveness or confusion
  • Neglecting appearance or hygiene
  • Irritability or rapid mood change
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

There are several things you can do to improve your mood. Exercise, good nutrition, getting enough sleep, and staying connected to family and friends are just a few. Depression may make you not want to do any of these things, but if you do them anyway, you will usually begin to feel better. Suicidal thoughts are a symptom of depression and suicide remains a public health concern worldwide. There are also other mood disorders including bipolar disorder that may be more fitting for your concerns. Resources provided below are for various mood concerns including suicide.