There is help. 

Depression can be debilitating to one’s academic focus. Take a look at our Depression Screening.

  • Depression can be manifested in many different ways including:

    • persistent sadness, anxiousness, or "emptiness"
    • feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
    • loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
    • sleep disturbances (insomnia or oversleeping)
    • eating disturbances (decreased or increased weight or appetite)
    • decreased energy, fatigue, and feeling "slowed down"
    • increased restlessness and irritability
    • difficulty concentrating, remembering and making decisions
  • Many factors can contribute to depression. Among the most important are your background, how you cope with change, and any biological predisposition you may have, such as, a family history of depression, hormonal imbalances, or other serious physical problems.
    The most common immediate cause of depression is any type of loss that we may experience such as:

    • the death of a loved one
    • divorce or family separation
    • the break-up of a relationship
    • academic, occupational, or financial stress

    These can produce feelings of loss of personal worth that can lead to depression.
    Depression can also be caused by internal psychological factors such as:

    • lack of coping skills
    • unrealistic standards and expectations
    • feeling the lack of a support system

    Depression may be situational and often short-lived or it can be chronic, and therefore requires professional help.

  • Talking with a therapist can be extremely beneficial for people who are suffering from depression. Sharing our feelings with a caring professional can provide validation and guidance for coping.

    Often in conjunction with therapy, there may be a need for anti-depressant medication if the depression appears to be due to a chemical imbalance and/or if it is extremely persistent. A combination of counseling and anti-depressants has been shown to be quite effective. In fact 80% to 90% of all depressed people respond to treatment and there is a decrease in their depressive symptoms.

  • SBCC Personal Counseling
    Health & Wellness
    965-0581 ext. 2298
    24-Hour Community Help-line
    (805) 692-4011

    Assessments, counseling and referrals are always free to SBCC students.

    Other web links: - About mental disorders and medication. - Further information about depression - Information about bipolar disorder - Information about suicide