Understanding Depression

Everyone, at various times in their life, feels sad.  Feeling sad is normal when things don’t always go right or certain events happen in your life.  For example, you lose your job or a loved one dies.  This is normal. But what happens if these feelings of sadness prolong and you just cannot “snap out of it” or “lighten up”?  In order to understand depression, you need to recognize the symptoms of depression. 

  • Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
  • Changes in sleep patterns and/or appetite
  • Irritability, anger, agitation
  • Worry, anxiety
  • Loss of energy or motivation
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or hopelessness
  • Inability to concentrate or focus
  • Inability to take pleasure in former interests; socially withdrawn
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol or use of chemical substances
  • Recurring thoughts of harming self or having thoughts of suicide   

 

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, consider seeking the help that you need.  Did you know that as a student at the Rio Grande you have access to FREE counseling services on campus with a licensed counselor through Woodland Centers?  All you need to do is call Health Services at 740-245-7350 to schedule an appointment with the counselor or come into Health Services located in Room 118 of Rhodes Hall and schedule your appointment.  Our office is opened Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.  

 

SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE!!!

24 HOUR NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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