Have you or a friend been feeling anxious, sad, hopeless, irritable, or unfocused? It is okay to answer “yes” if that’s the case, but you or your friend could require help to overcome these feelings. Depression is a medical condition that can affect a person’s ability to work, study, interact with people or take care of themselves. It can be caused by a number of different triggers or a brain chemistry imbalance and can be very difficult to spot as not everyone experiences depression in the same way. The good news is that depression is highly treatable.

Many of us have feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness and irritability at some point. When these emotions become too much to handle, or lingers for a long time, it may be a sign to get help. Since not everyone experiences depression in the same way it is important to understand and know the signs and symptoms of depression.  Below are potential warning signs that an individual may be depressed:

  • Talks about feeling “helpless” or “hopeless”

  • Is uncharacteristically sad, irritable, short-tempered, critical, or moody

  • Frequently complains of aches and pains such as headaches, stomach problems, and back pain

  • Complains of feeling tired and drained all the time

  • Has lost interest in work, sex, hobbies, and other pleasurable activities

  • Has withdrawn from friends, family, and other social activities

  • Sleeps less than usual or oversleeps

  • Eats more or less than usual, and has recently gained or lost weight

  • Has become indecisive, forgetful, disorganized, and “out of it”

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or needs help immediately, please contact Student Counseling Services at 773-702-9800, dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or call 9-1-1.

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