Depression and Bipolar Disorders

If you are suffering from the kinds of feelings described here, or you have any other concerns about yourself, you are welcome here.

Free and Confidential Group Spring 2017
Managing Depression through Learning and Connecting | Group Flyer
Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm at CMHS                                   
Facilitated by: Catherine Barba and B. Francis Chen 
This is a weekly group for undergrad and graduate students who are interested in improving their mood through learning skills and connecting with others. The group will be both supportive and skill focused with the goal of understanding depression and how to improve health, wellness, and sense of hope. This group will touch on how to cultivate self-compassion, build a mindfulness practice, as well as recognize and modify negative thinking patterns while in a supportive group environment.
For more information and to join, please email: Catherine Barba


Everyone feels blue or sad sometimes, but usually feel better within a day or two. If sadness follows you around for days or weeks, or includes some of the following features, you could have depression. Depression is an invisible condition that gets in the way of everyday activities like working, sleeping, eating, or just enjoying time with friends difficult.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling worthless
  • Feeling irritable
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Lack of energy
  • Problems concentrating, remembering information, or making decisions
  • Problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much
  • Loss of appetite or eating too much
  • Social withdrawal
  • Using substances like alcohol and other drugs
  • Wishing you were dead, considering suicide, or making a suicide attempt

Adapted from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Bipolar Disorder

Also known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is marked by extreme shifts in mood, from overly joyful to extremely sad or hopeless. Whether it’s a high or low, the extreme moods of bipolar disorder are far from your usual state. It’s possible to have bipolar disorder for years without knowing it. You might have had the first symptoms when you were a child, or you could develop them later in life. At least half of all cases start before the age of 25.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
  • Feeling elated for an extended period of time that could be out of proportion for the circumstance
  • Extreme irritability
  • Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts
  • Increase in energy, feeling revved up
  • Needing less sleep than usual without feeling tired
  • Feeling unusually confident in yourself and your abilities (i.e. feeling as if you have special powers or abilities that you didn't used to have)
  • Behaving impulsively, taking unusual risks, overspending money

Adapted from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Getting Help

If you are not feeling like yourself or have any concern, big or small, you are welcome here. We see many students every year for a wide range of concerns. Anything that is a concern to you is enough of a reason to schedule an appointment.

Individual Counseling

Personal counseling gives you the opportunity to speak with someone who can help you build on your strengths and learn new skills to help you resolve obstacles to getting the most out of your experience at Tufts.

Consultations and Training

We provide consultations and training to many individuals and groups on campus who are striving to assist students dealing with the stress of college life.

Psychiatric Medication Evaluation

CMHS offers psychiatric medication evaluations to students who may need combined medication and counseling.

Animal-Assisted Therapy

We offer animal-assisted therapy (AAT) by appointment and a weekly drop-in hour.

Referral Guide for Off-Campus Mental Health Services

We offer time-limited counseling services for students. If you would benefit from longer-term or specialized treatment, we may refer you to a provider in the community. This guide will answer many of your questions about referrals and help you with the referral process.

If you are having

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Impulses to hurt yourself or someone else
  • Severe mental confusion or disorientation

Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 617-627-3030 and ask to speak with the COUNSELOR-ON-CALL

If someone you know is feeling suicidal

  • Take any reference to suicide seriously
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Get help immediately.

Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 617-627-3030 and ask to speak with the COUNSELOR-ON-CALL

Are you in Crisis?

What to do in a Mental Health Emergency

Related Links

Information about depression, mood disturbances, and treatment