Observing Depression in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following in a student with depression:
- May appear tired or sleepy
- May articulate persistent negative feelings
- May demonstrate a lack of interest or engagement in class
- May exhibit reduced energy and stamina
- May have poor class attendance
- May have difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- May have difficulty with organization and meeting deadlines
- May have difficulty tracking conversations or lectures
- May have difficulties with communication or difficulties in social situations
- American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (4th Ed.). Washington, D.C.: APA.
- National Institute of Mental Health
- American Psychological Association
Related Functional Characteristics
Anxiety : Students with depression may exhibit symptoms of anxiety (e.g. panic attacks, fatigue) due to a feeling of lack of control.
Fatigue (Cognitive) : Students with depression may have difficulty monitoring and focusing in the classroom and experience cognitive fatigue as a result of the energy it takes to remain focused.
Fatigue (Physical) : Students with depression may experience malaise, a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.
Inability to Comprehend Social Cues : Students with depression have difficulty tracking conversations and appropriately interacting with others.
Information Processing Speed : Medications prescribed for depression can slow down information processing speed.
Time Management : Students with depression have problems getting started on a task and may lose track of time.
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