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
  • Weight 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.

Medical Services


Call one of the following:
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
  • Utah County Crisis Line:
    (801) 691-5433
  • National Runaway Switchboard:
  • Call 911