Student Health/Cheney International Center Building
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2130
TTY: (307) 766-2132
Fax: (307) 766-2711
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:
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
Mental Health America
National Institute of Mental Health - Depression
Mental Illness Support: National Alliance on Mental Illness