When beginning or continuing a college education, there are a significant number of changes or stressors that can contribute to college depression. What makes college depression unique is its onset beginning in young adulthood when a person is adjusting to new demands or a new setting.
Some college students have a genetic predisposition to depression when there is a family history of mental health issues. Others may find that the current stressors in their life trigger the reaction of depression or anxiety. College student depression may present itself with symptoms such as sadness, increased irritability, or crying spells.