Depression is one of the most common mental health concerns that affects people from all walks of life. In some cases, symptoms of depression are mild, short-term, and minimally disruptive to overall functioning. However, when symptoms are persistent and more intense, many areas of daily life — classes, jobs, social and personal relationships, and family—can be significantly affected. Such cases require professional attention that may include talk therapy and/or medication.
Depression is more than feeling sad. It can involve a few or many of the symptoms listed above and it can take place even if there is not a particular event or situation causing it to happen. It is important to know that depression is NOT having a “bad day” and depression does not reflect any weakness in character. Depression can be painful and disruptive for the person experiencing it and it can often be difficult to ask for help. It is important to remember that depression is a real, treatable illness and is nothing to be ashamed about. If you are feeling depressed, tell someone how you are feeling: a friend, family member, counselor, doctor, advisor, professor, spiritual guide, etc.
Students Against Depression
Information, resources, videos, and blogs about college students’ experiences of depression
5 Tips to Avoid Depression in College
Advice from college mental health professionals
Strategies for tackling depression and moving forward
List of Resources
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance list of brochures, podcasts, videos, and other resources
TED Talk on Getting Stuck in Negative Thinking
A social psychologist shares why we get stuck in negative thinking and how to combat this
Video on a College Student’s Experience with Depression
This student discusses his experience with depression and getting help
Comprehensive Workbook on Managing Depression
CCI’s Workbook (9 Modules) on understanding and coping with depression
Apps for Depression