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Depression Education

University of Wyoming Student Health Service

Depression


Everyone occasionally feels sad or blue, but these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It is a common, but serious illness, and most individuals who experience a depressive disorder require some form of treatment to get better.

Depression is a common disorder affecting approximately 20% of women and 10% of men at some point in their lifetimes. It is believed that approximately 19 million Americans are affected annually. Depression is one of the most common disorders diagnosed by health care providers, yet it is believed that only about 1/3 of those who have depression seek professional help. Depression is a complex medical illness. It is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. Not everyone’s depression is the same. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.
Some common symptoms of depression are:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

There is not a single known cause of depression. It is believed that depression results from a combination of genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors. Regardless of its cause, depression is highly treatable. The earlier treatment is started, the more effective treatment tends to be, and the greater the likelihood that recurrences can be prevented. An evaluation by a health care professional is important to determine the cause(s) of depression and the most appropriate form of treatment. Treatment may include medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both. If you believe you, or someone you know may be suffering from symptoms of depression, please make an appointment to see a provider at one of the following locations:
University of Wyoming Student Health Service: 766-2130
University Counseling Center: 766-2187
Psychology Clinic: 766-2149
Counselor Education Training Clinic: 766-6820


Additional Resources
Suicide Prevention
Depression Resources:
   Mental Health America
   National Institute of Mental Health - Depression
Mental Illness Support: National Alliance on Mental Illness


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