College students face many life challenges and transitions that can often lead to "the blues" or bouts of depression. The stress of classes, moving away from home, forming new relationships, and worrying about the future can lead you to feel like you just can't cope any longer. Sometimes, these feelings of being overwhelmed disappear after a few days. However, if you find you're unable to shake "the blues," it may be time to seek professional help.

Symptoms of depression:

  • sad or anxious mood
  • eating too much or too little
  • sleeping poorly or too much
  • difficulty concentrating
  • lack of energy or interest
  • feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and/or guilt
  • irritability
  • suicidal thoughts or attempts

There is frequently a biochemical imbalance that contributes to depression, which makes it impossible for people to "snap out of it." Successful treatment usually includes a combination of medication and therapy.

If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of depression, talk to your doctor, contact Counseling Services (256-782-5475), or call a local mental health center for referral.

Courtesy of University of Alabama