Depression Depression is one of the most common complaints of college students. Beck and Young (1978) noted that 78% of college students will show symptoms of depression in a given year and of these 46% will seek professional help. Clinical depression or a mood disorder is a constellation of signs and symptoms that is not a normal reaction to life's difficulties. A depressive disorder is different from the depressed or sad mood that is a normal reaction to life's disappointments and losses. Clinical depression is more than "having the blues". The following is a checklist of symptoms typically associated with depression. Depressed mood most of the day nearly every day for at least 2 weeks. Loss of interest or pleasure in most daily activities, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks. Significant weight change (at least 5 pounds) recently. Appetite change for extended period. Sleep problems nearly every day for at least 2 weeks. Feeling tired or loss of energy nearly every day for at least 2 weeks. Guilty feelings or feelings of worthlessness nearly every day for at least 2 weeks. Difficulty with thinking, concentration, or decision making almost daily. Thoughts of death or suicide without specific plan. A depressed mood that began after someone close to you died or within 4 weeks of giving birth. Depression might be present if you can say yes to number 1 or 2; yes 4 or more times in numbers 3 through 9, or yes to number 10 with this mood lasting for more than 2 months. If this fits you, help is available through Counseling Services.