Depression is a serious medical illness and a big issue on Truman’s campus. Depression is characterized by persistent sadness and sometimes irritability (particularly in children).

Depression is associated with significant healthcare needs, school problems, loss of work, and earlier mortality.

If not effectively treated, depression is likely to become a chronic disease. Just experiencing one episode of depression places an individual at a 50% risk for experiencing another episode, and further increases the chances of having more depression episodes in the future.


According to the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, a person must experience five or more symptoms below for a continuous period of at least two weeks

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Change in weight or appetite (either increase or decrease)
  • Change in activity: psychomotor agitation (being more active than usual) or psychomotor retardation (being less active than usual)
  • Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired or not having any energy
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Difficulties concentrating and paying attention
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Most symptoms must be present every day or nearly every day and must cause significant distress or problems in daily life functioning.

Because of the high amounts of stress a University can bring Truman students are more at risk for depression. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please seek help! 

We at the WRC are happy to listen and assist students struggling with depression

The University Counseling Service (UCS) if open for appointments. There is no Wait-list! If you are experiencing a crisis or have a plan for suicide please contact UCS. They will drop appointments to help people in crisis. 

The Health Center is also available for students looking for help with physical symptoms or prescription help. 

U.S. Department of Health and Public Services on Depression 

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