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It is normal to feel depressed or experience “the blues” once in a while. Depression becomes problematic when you don’t feel like yourself, and have difficulty carrying out your duties in everyday life (e.g,, going to work/ school, bathing, or taking care of yourself and your loved ones). The following are symptoms of depression:
Mood problems - sad, depressed, or agitated mood.
Anhedonia - a fancy word for “loss of pleasure in previously enjoyed activities”
Weight problems - increase or decrease in weight (when not dieting)
Sleep problems and fatigue - difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than you wish
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Thoughts of suicide - having thoughts about hurting yourself or killing yourself is a VERY SERIOUS symptom of depression and you should immediately seek help from a mental health professional or go to your nearest hospital emergency room
Talk to someone –Talking to someone you can trust (like a close friend or counselor) can be helpful
If you would like to talk to someone about feeling depressed or any other concerns, please contact Student Counseling Services at (310) 846-2639 or go directly to the office in 104A to schedule an appointment. This is a free service to Otis students.
Fred L. Barnes, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director of Student Counseling Services
Student Counseling Services Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm (except academic holidays and breaks)
Goldsmith Campus Ahmanson Hall (first floor)