Depression, Anxiety, & Mood DIsorders

Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders

If you’ve been feeling sad, irritable, helpless, or get easily frustrated, you may be experiencing depression. Other mood disorders, similar to clinical depression, can also interfere with your ability to function.

Mood disorders can include:

  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), a milder yet chronic depressed mood
  • Bipolar disorder, a condition in which moods may shift periodically from depressed to “normal” to elevated
  • Cyclothymia, a milder form of bipolar disorder

Stress and nervousness are natural parts of life. However, worries that interfere with your ability to participate in daily life are not. In addition to extreme worry, clinical anxiety may include fear or avoidance of specific situations, intrusive thoughts, repetitive behaviors, or persistent or intrusive memories of a past trauma. You may also experience physical symptoms of distress such as a racing heart, difficulty breathing, shaking, or nausea.

If you think you or someone you care about may be experiencing anxiety, depression, or another mood disorder, complete a self-assessment or contact CAPS.

Start your self-screening

The Division of Student Affairs also hosts depression and anxiety screening days during the school year. Students can take a self-assessment at the events and discuss their results with clinical staff. Professionals from CAPS and Health and Wellness Promotion will be available to answer your questions as well as provide educational materials.