Depression is a state of low mood (sadness) and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of well-being. If a person is clinically depressed he/she would have five or more of the symptoms below (including at least one of the first two) nearly every day for at least two weeks. Some signs and symptoms of depression include;
- An unusually sad mood.
- Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.
- Lack of energy and tiredness.
- Feeling worthless or feeling guilty when they are not really at fault.
- Thinking about death a lot or wishing to be dead.
- Difficulty making decisions.
- Moving more slowly or sometimes becoming agitated and unable to settle. Having sleeping difficulty or sometimes sleeping too much.
- Loss of interest in food or sometimes eating too much.
- Changes in eating habits may lead to either loss of weight or gaining extra weight.
When you or any of your friends are experiencing any of the following symptoms, do the following:
- Think about the situation or the issue by being objective and rational.
- Explore alternative solutions to the problems.
- Talk to a peer counsellor.
- Visit Counselling Centre.
- Exercise frequently.
- Engage your friends in your usual sporting, social and religious activities.
- Abuse drugs to calm your fears
- Avoid the tasks that pose minimal threats
- Keep to yourself when you are anxious about something
- Procrastinate, as it piles up pressure on you.
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Visit the Counselling Centre behind Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences for assistance.