Depression

A “whole body” illness involving persistent sad, anxious or “empty” moods.  Includes feelings of hopelessness, pessimism and loss.



Symptoms*:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Aches & pains with no apparent cause
  • Digestive problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Falling grades
  • Irritability
  • Social withdrawal
  • Low energy
  • Poor concentration
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Feeling “slowed down”

*An individual may not experience every symptom for the same amount of time



Causes:

  • Stressful life events
  • Psychological make up
  • Personal loss
  • Heredity & biochemical makeup
  • Fluctuating hormone levels


Treatments:

  • Talking with trusted peers
  • Setting realistic goals & gradual changes
  • Antidepressant medication

 – Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI)

 – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)



For more information:

Depression



For more information about resources available at Student Health & Counseling Services, contact:

Counseling & Psychiatry Services

(510) 885-3735

shcs@csueastbay.edu



To make an appointment with a SHCS Provider:

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