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Depression can affect anyone at anytime. Feeling blue, sad, down in the dumps or just
low is something we all experience at times. Students are often prone to depression
while coping with the multiple pressures of school, work, friends and family. Students
who receive high grades or low grades are equally vulnerable to feeling overwhelmed.
We all can be pressured to a point where nothing seems to give us pleasure and it
becomes hard to get interested in things or just to get started. When we experience
these feelings, we may also notice other changes as well.
We may slow down, experience changes in appetite, become irritable, neglect
responsibilities and/or self-care, and have difficulty remembering things. Our professors
may comment on our inability to concentrate in class. Employers may notice we do not
seem to be as productive as usual. Family members may notice changes in our
appetite or sleep patterns. We may experience tension and tend to dwell more on our
shortcomings than on our achievements. This can become a vicious cycle. The more
we focus on negative feedback, the more depressed we become and the more negative
feedback we receive.
How do we begin to break the negative cycle? Depression can be overcome with help.
Counseling and, at times, (non-habit forming) medication can provide relief. Counseling
can help people become better able to cope with their problems by providing support
and help, examining the underlying causes of depression and working out possible
solutions to problems.
What if you are not depressed, but someone you care about is? You may want to help,
but you may not know how. Professional help is available for students living with
depressed persons. In addition, there are special support groups for adults undergoing
transition periods -- such as adjusting to the loss of a parent or spouse.
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