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Nope. I am a cheerful, carefree soul, and it takes quite a bit to get me down.
It's certainly not computing that does it (although it can be frustrating and bang-your-head-on-the-table annoying from time to time).
I suspect it's a change of scene, of people, and of (maybe) homesickness.
Try getting involved with people more: make friends and go for a drink with them or chat up girls - whatever floats your boat!
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I can't speak for anyone else, but I would not stay in a career that caused me to be depressed!
Depression is not normal for any chosen career. If you are truly depressed, then please seek some help or chose to study something that doesn't depress you. A lifetime is way too long to live with depression!
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Being good at something doesn't mean that it's a good choice for a career. Even if you score well, you should seriously question your choice of study if you find yourself feeling depressed most of the time. You might also want to consult a professional to help you determine whether it's computer science that gets you down, or something completely unrelated. This is important for you to address quickly and decisively; depression is a serious illness, often entirely treatable, that can destroy lives if allowed to run unchecked.
I, for instance, am extremely good with numbers, and would do - have done - very well in Accounting functions. But I hate accounting, and wouldn't consider a career in that field. But it wouldn't make me depressed, either. I'd just find something about it to enjoy until I could find another position. I doubt very much that it's just computer science that's making you depressed...
One thing that makes people depressed is when they persist at doing something in which they find no satisfaction. All too often, students choose a major based on promised income and/or job stability, not based on what they enjoy doing. This doesn't mean you just pick something you like since there are other factors to consider. You may love basket weaving, but if you also like not living in poverty, it isn't for you.
Instead of programming, perhaps you just like computers and technology, not engineering, and IT would be a better career choice.
My suggestion is to stick with a practical degree, even if it's not the most enjoyable, but take the time to take other, diverse classes and see if something really works for you.
Another thing to recognize is that programming classes are quite different than programming work. I detested most CS classes and thus didn't major in Computer Science. I still don't like most computer programming classes/seminars/conferences.
Being unhappy, or in a perpetual state of boredom is not a depression.
But I agree it can eventually become a depression.
But I don't know if intelligence has much to do with it.
It's being suggested a lot, but there's no real evidence that this is actually true.
I believe that's primarily because highly intelligent people are communicating their feelings more openly, as opposed to behaving more towards what's expected from their surroundings. That doesn't mean the latter is less sad than the first.
Highly intelligent people are also more likely to see a neurologist or psychiatrist, not because they have more mental problems but because the cultural taboo about mental health is a lot smaller in higher educated circles than in lower educated circles.
Finally, highly intelligent people are more likely to have jobs that deprives them from physical activity, which reduces the amount of serotonin secretion in the brain. That's a social phenomenon, not directly caused by having a more than average intelligence.