In the Zone

Depression

  • The word "depression" is commonly understood as feelings of sadness, disappointment, hopelessness, grief, and fatigue. These experiences may be felt by many college students and all of those emotions vary in some degrees from student to student. This can provide important information about how we are reacting to what is happening around us. For example, you received a low grade on a test for which you had diligently prepared. The difference is when someone experiences these feelings most days for several weeks. Consistent depressive feelings can become significantly problematic in such areas such as interpersonal relationships, school, and/or work.

Depressive Symptoms

  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • Considerably less interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Significant change in weight
  • Inability to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Visibly accelerated or slowed movements and speech
  • Fatigue and/or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Excessive and/or inappropriate guilt
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Recurring thoughts of death and/or thoughts of suicide

One does not have to experience all of these symptoms to be depressed and there may be some differences in how people experience depression. But, if you are experiencing a few of these symptoms, it may be beneficial to take some action.

What can I do about it?

  • Depression is one of the most common reasons for seeking mental health treatment. Depression is treatable and individuals with such symptoms are usually able to find relief from their symptoms.
  • Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) is here to help. Often you may find that there are not simple answers to your problems, however talking to a therapist can result in finding new ways to look at problems as well as identifying suggestions and possible solutions. Therapy and/or psychological assessment are available to Wright State University students.
Depression in College Students
Informative Speech about Depression in College Students