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Feeling Down or Depressed

Everyone's mood naturally varies over time, and from day to day, and everyone gets down sometimes. We may feel disheartened about something that happens or when things don't go the way we would have liked.   Although people often say 'I'm depressed', this would not usually be what is called clinical depression. It is simply part of the normal ups and downs of life. Some people naturally experience frequent mood changes, while others have a relatively stable equilibrium.

So, the distinction between feeling down and being depressed is one of both degree and duration, i.e. a low mood becomes problematic when it is frequent, persistent and begins to affect the ability to function in areas of life, like work, relationships, social activities and self-esteem. Depression includes a persistent low mood and loss of interest or pleasure in life. If you think you may be depressed, you can see your GP.

You are welcome to come to Student Services to talk to one of our Advisers or Counsellors, perhaps just for some initial advice or if you feel you want to take things further. You can drop in to make an appointment either at The ASC (The Advice and Support Centre) at 79 North Street, or our offices at Eden Court on The Scores. Alternatively, you can:-

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Book an appointment with a Support Adviser via our online booking system. Find out What to expect from your first appointment (PDF, 1,099 KB)

If you have been recommended counselling by a GP or other medical professional, please book a therapeutic conversation via our online booking system.

Leaflets

Depression in adults - Royal College of Psychiatrists

Ebooks

If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time or coping with a condition or stressor, sometimes reading about these situations can help. Shelf Help provides a guide to self-help resources held by the library.

Useful Websites 

Student Services has invested in this online package with E-Books, videos and worksheets. If you would like to talk about the material or have questions, then please contact the Support Advice Team (support.advice@st-andrews.ac.uk) at Student Services.

Centre for Clinical Interventions

Breathing Space Scotland

About bipolar disorder - Mind

Mood GYM

Students Against Depression

SAMH

See Me Scotland

Student Services

To contact Student Services, you can drop in to make an appointment either at The ASC (Advice and Support Centre) at 79 North Street, or our offices at Eden Court on The Scores.

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Contact

The ASC

Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 1716

Contact

Student services

Eden Court
The Scores
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2720
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 4007

Eden Court location map

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