What is Depression?

Depression is a medical condition that can affect one’s mood, thoughts and physical health.  It can happen to almost anyone, especially after a loss, major life change, or other distressing event.  Sometimes, depression occurs for no apparent reason and may be due to biological or other factors. 

What are some of the symptoms of depression?

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • Loss of interest in activities previously found enjoyable
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness and/or guilt
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Decreased energy, fatigue or feeling “slowed down”
  • Thoughts of suicide

If you're considering suicide, reach out to someone as soon as possible and, if in immediate crisis call the 24-hour Crisis Line at 1.866.4.CRISIS (1.866.427.4747).

What can I do?

  • Obtain counseling and make an appointment with your primary medical provider.  Depression is a treatable condition.
  • Talk to family and friends.  Feeling a sense of support from your community is one of the most effective ways of reducing the impact of depression.
  • Eat nutritious, balanced meals; exercise, go for walks and get six to eight hours of sleep a night.
  • Avoid alcohol and drug use.
  • Stick to a regular daily routine.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself.
  • Practice positive thinking, meditation and/or other relaxation and self-affirming exercises.
  • Take the confidential on-line screening (keyword: UWBOTHELL).

To make an appointment with the UW Bothell Student Mental Health Counseling Services call 425.352.3183

To learn more: obtain a pamphlet or visit any of the sources listed below.

Pamphlet available through UW Bothell Student Mental Health Counseling Services:
“Dealing with Depression: What Everyone Should Know.” American College Health Association, July 2007.

International Foundation  for Research & Education on Depression




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