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Mental Health at McMaster

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Depression & Distress

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. It can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, motivation, feelings, and sense of well-being. The core symptom of depression is a loss of interest or a loss of feeling of pleasure in certain activities that usually bring joy to people.

Distress is an aversive state in which a person is unable to completely adapt to stressors and their resulting stress and shows maladaptive behaviors. It can be evident in the presence of various phenomena, such as inappropriate social interaction (e.g., aggression, passivity, or withdrawal).

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