Given the debilitating effect depression can have on a sufferer, it’s not surprising that it can effect every area of a person’s life. It can distort how you see yourself, your life, and those around you. Sufferers of depression can see things in a more negative light than non-sufferers and sometimes are often find it difficult to see the positive in a situation and focus on the negatives. The symptoms can range from difficulty concentrating to thoughts of suicide and death. Sometimes the depression can be so severe that the person many suffer psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusion. The Counselling and Personal Development Service at DCU provides a professional and completely confidential service, which is available to all registered DCU students free of charge. Health in the media spoke with a counselor from the Department about the benefits of seeing a counselor.