What Exactly is Depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States.  It is estimated that nearly 16.1 million adults, aged 18 or older, experienced a depressive episode at least once in 2015.  Among adults aged 18-25, 10.3 percent are reported to have experienced a depressive episode and depression is the second highest reason why students seek services from Counseling and Psychological Services.  Symptoms of depression consist of persistent sadness or anxiety; feelings of hopelessness or pessimism; decreased energy or fatigue; feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness; irritability; loss of interest in pleasurable activities; difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decision; or thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts, to name a few.  If you are experiencing these symptoms, help is available.  Talk to someone - a friend, staff, faculty, or family member and get the help that is available.  For immediate assistance, 24-hours a day, individuals can contact the Santa Clara Crisis Hotline at 1-855-278-4204 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).  

For more information on mental illness in adults, you can visit the website for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org).  You can also learn more about Counseling Services at (www.sjsu.edu/counseling) and the numerous workshops being offered (www.sjsu.edu/counseling/students/Workshops/index.html) that address and assist feelings of depression.