Back to School Blues: Symptoms of Depression in College Studentsby Deborah Gray Patient Expert
In a college setting where many classic signs of depression seem part of a popular lifestyle, it can be hard to know when to be worried about a friend, a roommate, or yourself. Below you'll find a list of symptoms that can point toward a diagnosis of depression in college students.
Sadness or hopelessness
Lethargy, decrease in physical activity
Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
Frequently class absences for no apparent reason
Social withdrawal - remaining in his or her room most of the time, avoiding friends
Change in appetite: over-eating or under-eating
Sleeping too much or too little
Using drugs and/or alcohol more frequently and/or in larger quantities than usual
Thoughts of suicide
Frequent bouts of crying
Chronic aches and pains
Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
If you're at all worried about yourself or another student, do not delay in finding help. And if you're worried that someone may be at risk for hurting themselves, here are resources that can help.