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man under umbrella depression words raining downWhen I’m depressed I see the world through dark sunglasses. Nothing seems bright and happy any more. I feel worthless and like a failure.

When I am depressed I am unmotivated and procrastinate. I could lie in bed all day, and sometimes I do. I feel like what’s the point. I can’t smile or laugh and I often cry myself to sleep.

When I am depressed I can’t concentrate on my responsibilities. I eat less and less and can’t take care of myself. I often don’t even care about showering or my appearance.

I just feel sad about everything.

Welcome to the MCC resource page for Depression.  If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of depression or know a friend who might be the information listed here may be very helpful for you.   Click and browse the links on the left-hand side of the page.  You are always welcome to stop by the MCC Counseling department for additional information and conversation.  

What is depression?

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life, causes impaired academic performance and pain for both you and those who care about you.  Depression is a common but serious illness.  While there are several forms of depressive disorders, college students can experience depression in college as they face many challenges, pressures and anxieties that can cause them to feel overwhelmed. They are likely adapting to a new schedule and workload, adjusting to life and figuring out how to belong. Money and intimate relationships can also serve as major sources of stress. Dealing with these changes during the transition from adolescence to adulthood can trigger or unmask depression during college in some young adults.

Research tells us that other factors contribute to the onset of depression, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical conditions, stress, grief or difficult life circumstances. Any of these factors alone or in combination can precipitate changes in brain chemistry that lead to depression’s many symptoms.

Did you know?

1 in 6 Americans will develop Major Depressions in their lifetime. Major Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. Women are twice as likely to develop depression as men.