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Dealing with Depression while Getting Your Education

Dealing with Depression while Getting Your Education

Depression is a mental illness that is common among college students. In fact, some mental health experts believe that it is on the rise.  At any given time, thousands upon thousands of college and university students feel so sad, anxious, lonely, isolated, or overwhelmed that they have trouble functioning in their day-to-day lives In fact; it has been found that the traditional college ages of 18 to 24 is when mental health problems first start to appear in many people.  Depression can be treated and early treatment is always recommended.   According to the National Institute of Mental Health, common symptoms of depression include:

•    Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
•    Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
•    Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
•    Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
•    Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
•    Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
•    Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
•    Appetite and/or unwanted weight changes
•    Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
•    Restlessness, irritability
•    Persistent physical symptoms, such as muscle pain or headaches

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms consult your physician.  You can take advantage of additional counseling and referral sources from the BOOST and Counseling offices on campus. As always, feel free to contact me at 910-272-3678 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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