Information Resource - Depression
What is Depression?
A depressive disorder is an illness that involves
the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats
and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks
about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing
blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or condition
that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness
cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Without
treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate
treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Not everyone who is depressed experiences
every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many.
Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over
time. Some of the key indicators are included below.
sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
of hopelessness, pessimism
of guilt, worthlessness,
of interest or pleasure
in hobbies and activities
that were once enjoyed,
energy, fatigue, being "slowed
early morning awakening,
and /or weight loss or
overeating and weight
of death or suicide;
physical symptoms that
do not respond to treatment,
such as headaches, digestive
disorders, and chronic
If you or someone you care about is dealing with any of the symptoms listed above please feel free to contact Counseling Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (740) 826- 8142 or stopping by our office in Montgomery Hall (Ground Floor, Suite 2).