Information Resource - Depression
What is Depression?
A depressive disorder is an illness that involves
the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats
and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks
about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing
blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or condition
that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness
cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Without
treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate
treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Not everyone who is depressed or manic experiences
every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many.
Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over
time. Some of the key indicators are included below and you can
utilize an online screening program to which Muskingum University subscribes.
The OnlineScreening for Depression, Alcohol, and Eating Disorders is
made available to all Muskingum University students and is taken
anonymously. This screening is provided so that you may find out
- in a few minutes - whether or not professional consultation
might be helpful to you.
sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
of hopelessness, pessimism
of guilt, worthlessness,
of interest or pleasure
in hobbies and activities
that were once enjoyed,
energy, fatigue, being "slowed
early morning awakening,
and /or weight loss or
overeating and weight
of death or suicide;
physical symptoms that
do not respond to treatment,
such as headaches, digestive
disorders, and chronic
or excessive elation
need for sleep
If you are suffering from any of these problems
or know of someone who is then feel free to come in or call Muskingum
University Counseling Department and we can set you up an appointment
and sit down and talk. Our telephone number is (740) 826-8091.