People often use the word “depression” to refer to general, everyday feelings of sadness or being down. In fact, depression is a condition that can affect a person’s ability to work, study, interact with people or take care of themselves. The symptoms of depression can last months to years if untreated.
Depression isn’t always easy to spot.
It may be expressed through the abuse of drugs and alcohol; sexual promiscuity; or hostile, aggressive, and risk-taking behavior. Many factors can contribute to the onset of depression, including the presence of other emotional disorders, stress, poor nutrition, physical illness, personal loss and relationship difficulties.
The good news is that depression is highly treatable. Medication and/or counseling can help. It is not uncommon for people who are depressed to think about suicide, and it is important to for someone having these thoughts to seek help immediately.
The above information was taken with permission from The Jed Foundation.
If you answered yes to four or more of the questions above, we recommend that you come to see us at Student Counseling Services.
Christianity Today- The Depression Epidemic
Moving Beyond Depression: A Whole-Person Approach to Healing- Gregory L. Jantz and Ann McMurray
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness- Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn
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