Anonymous asked: I think I might be depressed and I'm not sure where to start to try and get better. Any advice?
First, know that you are not alone. Depression is very common. Actually 1 in 7 people will experience depression at some point in their lives. Here is a list of common symptoms that might help you decide if you might be depressed or simply a little down.
- Finding it hard to get motivated and feel interested in things
- Wanting to avoid friends and everyday activities
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Losing interest in eating, or overeating
- Losing weight, without dieting, or gaining weight
- Finding it difficult to get to sleep, waking during the night, or waking too early and not being able to get back to sleep. Alternatively, wanting to sleep all the time.
- Thinking about, or planning suicide
- Having unpleasant, negative thoughts (like feeling guilty or that you are a bad or unworthy person)
- Getting pains in your body or headaches that don’t seem to have any physical cause
You can also take an anonymous online depression screening to see if you have some of the symptoms of depression.
Whether you are depressed or just feeling blue, it is important that you talk with someone. Each of the TWU campuses has a Counseling Center where you can receive 12 free sessions. You can also visit Student Health Services on the Denton campus or see your own healthcare provider.
Here is another good resource that might be of some help.
By asking for help you are at good starting point to feeling better.
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