What is depression?

Any UNCG student can experience depression. It can impact your grades, relationships, health, even your life.

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness or decreased interests in things you normally enjoy.
  • Suicidal thoughts. If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis, click here NOW
  • Low energy
  • Increase or decrease in sleep/appetite
  • Frequent headaches, stomachaches, or otherwise inexplicable aches and pains
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Neglecting responsibilities and personal appearance
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, and/or worthlessness

Not sure if you are depressed?

Take a free anonymous self-assessment.

How to treat depression

Schedule an appointment for professional Counseling or medication

  • Try to see a professional as soon as possible. Research shows that that longer you wait, the greater the impairment can be down the road.
  • Try to be active and exercise.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself.
  • Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities and do what you can as you can.
  • Don not isolate yourself. Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
  • Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly “snap out of” your depression. Often during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
  • Postpone important decisions, such as changing majors, dropping out, ending relationships, etc, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
  • Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.
  • Continue to educate yourself about depression.