Originally posted as part of our PhD Stronger Together Module - Mental Health Conditions (December 2020).
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
Behavioral: poor attention, low motivation, low productivity
Emotional: lack of interest, poor mood, guilt, low self-worth, thoughts of self-harm/suicide
Physical: disrupted sleep, dysregulated eating, low energy, aches & pains
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
Treatment and Care
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Behavioral Activation Treatment (BATD)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
To Write Love on Her Arms
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
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.