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Depression in College Students

Keri Parish
TNE Writer
Depression can affect anyone; any race, any age, and any gender. In college, one out of every
four students suffers from depression. This was a shock for me. Being a student who is
diagnosed with depression, I want to express the facts and information about depression.
The definition of depression posted on WebMD says, When you have depression, it's more than
feeling sad. Intense feelings of sadness and other symptoms, like losing interest in things you
enjoy, may last for a while. Depression varies for people differently.
Depression drains a persons energy and interest to do anything. It varies from a feeling of little
sadness to an unbearable emptiness. It is the number one reason why students drop out of school
and is the third leading cause of death by suicide in people between the ages of 15-24.
Why depression affects so many college students; Students deal with many firsts in college.
When students head off to college, the familiar people are no longer there to reinforce the
identity these students have created for themselves, said Hillary Silver, Social worker.
A survey from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, says that universities and colleges
have seen an increase in students seeking help for anxiety disorders and that by age 22, seventyfive percent of individuals with an anxiety disorder will experience symptoms.
As for seeking help, I would make excuses; I do not have the money or time, I am too
stressed to deal with this right now, etc. In a 2006 study, Margarita Tartakovsky says college
students surveyed that embarrassment is the number one reason as to why students do not seek
help.
There is always help. One of the greatest steps one with depression can do is get help. There are
various resources you can find. For students, counseling is available on campuses, including
NSU.
Other options to consider for help are; therapists, career counselors, amicable professors, or any
licensed professional.
If students do not feel comfortable with face-to-face engagements or they just need someone to
talk to, they can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255.
Hawk Reach Counseling Services are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon through Fri and is located in
Leoser Complex.
For more information, call 918-444-2042.