Am I Depressed?
The following is a list of symptoms that are characteristic of depression. Most of us experience some of these symptoms from time to time. It is therefore important to differentiate between feeling depressed and feeling sad. Individuals who are depressed feel this way most of the day for more days than not. Typically, this feeling of depression will be present for at least 2 weeks. Individuals who are sad often have improved mood after some time passes. Depression can also be characterized as more extreme than sadness is. Another important distinguishing feature is that depression typically interferes significantly with daily functioning while sadness generally does not. For example, individuals who are depressed may have difficulty with school, work, or relationships. In more severe cases of depression, suicidal thoughts are present, while this would not be the case with sadness.
If I think I might be depressed, what should I do?
Be sure to seek professional help. Psychologists and other mental health professionals are trained to assess and treat depression. As a Middlesex County College student, you can seek personal counseling services through the Counseling and Career Services Department, located in Edison Hall Room 100. The telephone number is 732-906-2546. You can have an individual appointment with a counselor where you can confidentially discuss your concerns. Referrals to outside agencies are also available. Sometimes a referral to a psychiatrist is helpful if medication is needed.
The Good News…
Depression can be treated! There are several effective treatment modalities available. Each person needs to determine which approach is the most beneficial to him or her. Seeking professional guidance in this process can be extremely helpful.
Here is a brief overview of the two most effective treatments available: therapy and medication.
If you would like additional information on depression, you can attend one of our scheduled workshops or make an appointment with a Counselor by calling (732)-906-2546 or stopping by Edison Hall Room 100.
Helpful web site: American Psychological Association
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