What is depression?

We’ve talked about what people think depression is or what having depression means, but what’s the real truth? This video talks about the actual symptoms of depression and how you can start to overcome them, or continue reading below:

What is depression? People experience depression symptoms differently, but for all individuals, depression affects day-to-day functioning. Depression also affects emotions, behaviors, and how you think.

Signs of depression include:

  • Feeling sad most of the day
  • Changes in appetite, resulting in weight loss or gain
  • Changes in sleep, either inability to fall asleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling fatigued or increased loss of energy
  • Losing interest or pleasure in activities
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide


If you think you might be depressed, you can contact the SPU Counseling Center for more information on treating depression or see your primary care physician. Even though it may seem difficult, it’s important to get help as soon as possible.

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