Jun 19 2009

Depression and Anxiety

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Depression and Anxiety can and often do have a significant impact upon academic functioning.  Everyone goes through times of feeling “down in the dumps” or being upset.  However, when these feelings impact your ability to participate in your personal and/or academic life, it may be helpful to consider seeking professional help.  Depression can last much longer than a few days and can continue to come back.  It is important to know that studies show that the vast majority of people who receive appropriate treatment for depression and anxiety will improve or recover completely.

The National Institute of Mental Health has provided the following guidelines to help you determine whether you might need professional help:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in doing everyday, ordinary things
  • Sleep disturbances ranging from insomnia to over-sleeping
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Thoughts of death or suicide;  suicide attempt
  • Increased restlessness and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering information and making decisions
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive disorders, chronic pain that doesn’t respond to medical treatment
  • Use of alcohol or drugs to mask feelings of depression and anxiety

It is recommended that you speak with a Counselor in Student Services if you would like help connecting with appropriate services in the community.

*The information provided here is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychological care.  It is strongly recommended that you talk to your personal physician and a competent mental health care professional in the community.

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