Skip to main content
Gizmo Patio from the roof

Depression & Mood Disorders


Counseling Center

Furrow Hall

175 West Knox Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



Apply to Knox Now
Purple pens given to campus visitors

Feeling strong emotions about the loss of a loved one, a failed exam, or any number of upsetting events is perfectly normal. Mood disorders are when those normal emotions become more intense, persistent, unusual, or otherwise disruptive to everyday life. A depressive episode involves pervasive sadness or irritability. In contrast, a manic episode involve abnormally elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and is a sign of bipolar disorder.

Mood disorders can be very serious. Episodes tend to last at least one or two weeks but can last much longer, especially if untreated. No matter the severity or duration, there is help available and recovery is possible. Seeking counseling is a very important step to begin your recovery and help manage or prevent future episodes.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed here, or are unsure if your symptoms match a diagnosis, please schedule an appointment with Counseling Services by calling 309.341.7492.

Signs of Depression & Mood Disorders

  • Persistent depressed or elevated mood 
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities 
  • Unplanned changes in weight or appetite
  • Clear disruption in sleeping patterns
  • Behavior that is more withdrawn or more high-risk than usual 

Coping Tips for Depression & Mood Disorders

  • Keep a journal of your mood and experiences (both positive and negative).
  • Stick to a consistent, healthy routine for sleep, diet, and exercise.
  • Identify small positive changes and continue to build on them.
  • Speak to others regularly, and take care not to isolate yourself.
  • Have daily self-care anchors such as going on a walk or doing a puzzle.

Online Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, come to Counseling Services during business hours. After business hours call Campus Safety (309.341.7979) or call 9-1-1. Click Crisis Sessions for more information.

Knox College

Printed on Monday, October 22, 2018