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Depression on the Rise in College Students

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

One out of every four college students that visits their universities health centers turns out to be depressed; two to three percent of them are suicidal, according to Maria Paul at Northwestern University.  This is a scary number, one that has in fact grown astronomically in the past decade.  The study also concludes that more discussion on depression symptoms and screenings need to occur in the college clinics and on campus.  Read more here

Young adults who are suffering from depression and anxiety are more resilient in their college years, and therapy, medication, and awareness are key in prevention of life-long suffering. Although they are going through major life changes; homesickness, changing friend groups, managing time, poor diet, there is room to grow and change neurochemically. For more information on findings of current research and the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests click here for the NPR story.

Symptoms of depression, especially in college-aged persons are:

  • An overwhelming feeling of sadness or despair
  • A feeling of hopelessness and that “it’s never going to get better”
  • A loss of interest in activities that typically make you happy
  • Physical aches and pains, such as back pain, that seem to have no cause
  • Appetite changes
  • Excessive weight loss or gain over a short period of time
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of motivation
  • Sleep disturbances (either insomnia or the desire to sleep excessively)
  • Strong feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or low self-esteem
  • Strong feelings of worry or anxiety
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Thoughts of death or suicide (seek help immediately!)

Read more at Suite101: College Students and Depression: Common Signs, Symptoms, and Experiences http://www.suite101.com/content/college-students-and-depression-a18745#ixzz1BVMQsAWR

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