Depression is alive and well, especially in our generation.
Through social media, we see that life should always be happy. When we feel sad, we feel that something is wrong with us. Although depression should be dealt with properly, feeling down is normal.
WebMD states that depression is an episode of sadness or apathy, along with other symptoms, that lasts at least two consecutive weeks, and can affect anyone at any time in their life.
Depression affects our brain. It can stem from genetics, large amounts of stress, losing a loved one, alcohol or substance abuse, hormonal changes, or even changes in season. Seasonal depression is especially prominent in Salt Lake City as days get shorter, darker, and you find yourself staying inside more often.
“Being able to know what you need and how to ask for that need is the biggest first step,” says Steph Taylor, an adjunct instructor of psychology at Salt Lake Community College.
This is easier said than done in most cases, so she also gives other options to help with depression. Some of these options include changing your diet to healthier foods, having a good sleep regimen, spending less time on social media and getting exercise, or even just going outdoors.
Taylor mentions that talking to a professional is not something to be afraid or embarrassed of. SLCC has professional counseling for students who are seeking help with depression, stress, anxiety, or anything else. These counselors are available at the Taylorsville Redwood, South City and Jordan campuses.
You can find more information at the Center for Health and Counseling online.