Depression is a medical illness. People don't choose to be depressed, and it is not
because you are weak or lazy. Depression affects 17 million people in the U.S. each
year and is twice as common in women as in men.
Symptoms of depression include:
Feeling sad nearly every day for 2 weeks or longer
Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
Lack of energy
Sleep or appetite changes
Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness
Not being able to make decisions
Excessive feelings of guilt
Loss of sexual desire
Thoughts of death or suicide
The exact cause of depression is not known. It is known that chemical imbalances in
the brain, along with genetic and life influences can be responsible for your moods.
Depression can be treated with medications and counseling. Also exercising, eating
well and avoiding alcohol can help.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms --DON'T WAIT. Make an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner or Mental Health Therapist at Student
Health Services today.
Call one of the following:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Utah County Crisis Line: (801) 691-5433
National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY
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