Feeling down, sad or just "blah" is a normal part of life. Usually this form of the blues doesn't last long and with some thought or a conversation with a good friend we can figure out what brought the feeling on. Often, it's loss, disappointment or some reminder of this sort of experience that triggers it. Just as often, it only takes doing something pleasurable, thinking of something else, talking to a friend, etc. for the feeling to lessen or go away.
But if these feelings stick around for more than two weeks and are linked with other cues, such as those listed below, then it could be that this normal sad feeling is evolving into something more significant and serious.
If you feel you might be experiencing signs and symptoms of depression and want to talk to someone about it, please call (309) 438-3655 or come directly to room 320 of the Student Services Building to schedule an initial appointment. You can also take our on-line assessment for depression anytime.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm please know that emergency resources are available.
Depression affects not only your mood, but your physical, mental, academic, and social functioning as well. Don’t lose hope. While going through depression can be very difficult, depression is very treatable and can improve quickly with help. Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, please contact Student Counseling Services at (309) 438-3655. (Statement of hope adapted from University of Wisconsin)