Depression

Check out this informative video about depression from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Quick Facts

Statistics

  • About 7% of the US population suffers from depression

    • One of the most common mental illnesses​

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students

Symptoms

  • Changes in sleep, appetite, & behavior

  • Lack of energy & interest in activity

    • Changes in movement​

  • Feelings of hopelessness & guilt

  • Suicidal thoughts

Treatments

  • Psychotherapy

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy​ (CBT): targets & changes negative thinking patterns associated with depression

    • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): targets & changes problems in relationships & life changes that are contributing to symptoms of depression

  • Medications

    • Antidepressants

      • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): act on serotonin (a brain chemical)​

  • Light therapy

  • Exercise

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