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Originally posted as part of our PhD Stronger Together Module - Mental Health Conditions (December 2020).

Depression Definition, Signs and Symptoms. All text in post.


Depression is characterized by persistently lowered mood or loss of interest in activities.

There are several types, including seasonal affective & major depressive disorders.

Signs and Symptoms

  1. Behavioral: poor attention, low motivation, low productivity

  2. Emotional: lack of interest, poor mood, guilt, low self-worth, thoughts of self-harm/suicide

  3. Physical: disrupted sleep, dysregulated eating, low energy, aches & pains

Depression Stats, Demographics and Disparities. All text in post.

Stats, Demographics & Disparities

  • >260M people suffer from depression worldwide

  • LBGTQ+ teens are 6x more likely to experience depression than heterosexual peers

  • ~40% grad students report depressive symptoms

  • Non-white experience of depression is often more severe, chronic, & functionally disabling

Depression Treatment and Care. All text in post.

Treatment and Care

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Behavioral Activation Treatment (BATD)

  • Interpersonal therapy

  • Prescription medication

  • Lifestyle factors

Depression Resources. All text in post.


  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • To Write Love on Her Arms

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America

  • Trevor Project

  • National Suicide Prevention (1-800-273-8255)


*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, therapist or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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