Okay team, here's the thing. It's winter. Every single day is getting more grey than the last, your heavy duty chick/dude has dumped you for that crush in the first row at their econ lecture, Professor's are failing you without concern. We all need to pay close attention to the symptoms. Remember this crap, especially if you want your friends from high school to think you're majoring in bad fuckin' ass after they glance over your live journal post.
*hint: take notes when reading over Carlos', Minnie's, and Harry's blogs. and go to the Wellness exchange website to see pictures.*
Everyone else seems happy. How come I'm not?
Can you recognize the signs of depression? In your friends? In yourself? Our counselors can.
We're here to listen.
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Take a quick self-test for depression and other emotional disorders:
When: Thursday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Testing takes approximately 20 minutes and is completely confidential. (Students may also receive a referral for a full counseling session at the Counseling Service, if needed.)
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Frequently Asked Questions:
» What are the symptoms of major depression?
» What causes depression?
» Is there a link between alcohol/drug use and depression?
» What if my friend or roommate is exhibiting symptoms of depression?
» Can I afford treatment?
» Will my treatment be confidential?
Answers to these questions and more at The Wellness Exchange.
"Missed class again today. For some reason, I just can't get out of bed, not till like four in the afternoon. My roommate got this awesome care package in the mail from his mom — cookies, candy, fruit — but I just couldn't eat any of it. I guess having no appetite is a way to keep the pounds off... Am scared to tell my parents that I'm failing two classes. I wish I could say it's because I don't study hard enough, but the truth is, I just don't care."
"Yesterday Jordana said that I needed a shower. That was so mean. So maybe I haven't washed my hair in a few days... and my room is kind of a disaster. I've also stopped wearing makeup. I mean, what's the point? It's not like there's anyone here worth looking good for. Sometimes when I'm alone, I'll start crying for no reason. I haven't told anyone, I just feel so stupid. What does a privileged girl like me have to feel bad about?"
"I've been drinking a lot more these days. When I've had just the right amount of shots, that's when the pain goes away - at least until the next morning when I'm hung-over...or worse. That's when everything I've been trying to avoid comes rushing back stronger than before. Last night when we were out, I got into a fight with my friend Ricky. All of a sudden, I was throwing punches and the guys had to hold me back. I don't know why I did that. Ricky's a good guy. I don't even remember what I was so angry about."
Depression is not a passing mood, a sign of weakness or something you can convince yourself not to feel. It is a health disorder that can affect you physically and emotionally. It can be treated with counseling, medication, or a combination of both. The most important step toward treating depression — and sometimes the most difficult — is asking for help.
The Wellness Exchange
Ask anything, say anything. We're here to listen.
"I know I'm attracted to men, but my parents say it's just a phase I'm going through. They keep trying to set me up on dates with women. Why can't they accept me for who I am?"
"My best friend is using cocaine. I'm really worried about her, but every time I bring it up, we just get into an argument."
"I'm feeling so anxious these days. Like when I walk into class, sometimes I'll literally be shaking, just terrified that I'll get called on and make a fool of myself."
"I've kind of gone a little wild since I started college. There've been so many guys, I seriously can't remember all their names. I'm starting to worry that I might have caught something..."
"My parents are really pressuring me to become a lawyer. It's not what I want but I'm afraid of disappointing them. I mean, they're paying for my education. I just feel sad all the time."