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Depression is experienced differently by different people but there are common features:

  • Feeling low, sad, tearful and numb
  • Avoiding people and situations (social isolation)
  • Low motivation and poor concentration
  • Feeling worthless, useless, self-blaming and perhaps suicidal
  • Thinking negatively and seeing the worst in things
  • Change in sleeping patterns and eating habits
  • Loss of enthusiasm, interest and enjoyment

Sometimes depression is the reaction to a life event or sometimes it feels like it comes from nowhere. It is estimated that one in six people have a severe depressive episode at some time in life. In its milder form depression makes living life to the full seem difficult and less worthwhile. At its most severe it can be life-threatening.

Moving Out of Depression

Most people do recover from depression. Physical movement is said to be important to counteract the 'in the head' negative thoughts and 'heaviness' that accompanies depression so activities such as walking, dancing, swimming, etc are beneficial. It can be tempting to try to find release from depression by abusing drugs or alcohol but this can bring its own problems - it is important to look after yourself physically. It can be useful to challenge negative thinking that feeds depression - talking out thoughts and feelings can be useful. Sometimes medication can be helpful in managing depression.

Getting Support

The University Counselling Service is available for students and staff of the University of Warwick.

A helpful workbook about depression:

Article from the Boar on mental health and support

Medical support and information on medication can be obtained from your GP

Student depression website:

Self help sites:

For a general overview, see:

NHS site:

NHS wellbeing:

Royal College of Psychiatrists: 

The Depression Alliance

CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably (for men) 

NHS Direct: Call 24 hours on 0845 4647

Depression UK


Samaritans 116 123 

National Student Counselling

Depression facts:

Forum for support:

Mindfulness for students

'It gets brighter' - information and videos on dealing with mental health difficulties: Video on experiences of depression. With thanks to NUI Galway (please note that resources referred to in this video are not available to students and staff at Warwick) free online course on depression, anxiety and CBT

Track your mood with this NHS mood APP App to help to beat depression App for stress, anxiety and depression 

Self-help references A free downloadable book to help change negative thought patterns and behaviour

Self-help booklet on managing depression

The following references are available from the University Library either in hard copy, CD or ebooks. Most are readily available to buy either in bookshops or over the internet. There are also a limited number of books in the Learning Grid and the Bio-med Grid.

Dealing with Depression


Mind over Mood: a cognitive treatment manual for clients

Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy



Understanding and Overcoming Depression



Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison -

Dorothy Rowe


The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

J. Mark G. Williams


Overcoming depression (CBT)

Paul Gilbert


Beating Depression : The Complete Guide to Depression and How to Overcome It]

Cembrowicz, Stefan.; Kingham, Dorcas.


Creating Optimism : A Proven, Seven-step Program for Overcoming Depression

Bob Murray; Alicia Fortinberry


Dealing With Depression Naturally,

Syd Baumel,


Depression : The Way Out of Your Prison

Dorothy Rowe


Help Yourself Move Out of Depression and Anxiety, ,]

Helga A. H Rowe


Why Am I Still Depressed? : Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder,

James R Phelps,


How to lift depression (fast)

Griffin and Tyrell

HG Publishing

Climbing out of depression: a practical guide for sufferers


Lion Publishing

Overcoming depression

Windy Dryden, Sarah Opie


Coming off Anti-Depressants: How to use and stop using anti-depressants safely

J. Glenmullen


Accepting Voices

Romme and Escher


Please see list of other self-help references.


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