Depression is a common illness. If you have questions about depression, or wonder what types of treatment are available for depression, you might want to stop by the Counseling Center to get some information. You can always make an appointment to talk with a staff member about your concerns regarding depression; call 319-895-4292 or stop by the front desk at Ebersole to make an appointment.


There is information available online that might be helpful to you.


For Further Reading


The following are a few readings related to depression and mood disorders. Some of these readings are available for check-out from the Cole Library or the Counseling Center Resource Library.

  • "Beating the College Blues: A Student's Guide to Coping with the Emotional Ups and Downs of College Life." Authors: Paul A. Grayson, Ph.D. and Philip W. Meilman, Ph.D. Facts on File, New York; 1992. In a conversational question-answer format, this volume deals with everything from getting started and fitting in to facing the challenges of life after college.
  • "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy," a systematic program for controlling thought distortions that lead to pessimism, lethargy, procrastination, low self-esteem and other "black holes" of depression. Author: David D. Burns, M.D. Signet Books, 1999 (revised edition).
  • "Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness." A personal account of the author's struggle with depression, its tortuous progression and his eventual recovery. Author: William Styron. Vintage Books, 1990.
  • "We Heard the Angels of Madness: One family's struggle with Manic Depression." An excellent depiction of the reality of manic depressive disease as told from the family's inside view, along with a well-researched description of the illness and a guide to treatment. Authors: Diane and Lisa Berger. William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, 1991.
  • "Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder." International Bipolar Foundation, 2012. Also available free online.