Healthy Campus Initiatives: Healthy Mind

Depression and Anxiety

Many college students, both at Rowan and other colleges/universities, suffer with depression or anxiety at some point during their college career. College can be a stressful time for everyone. New schedules, new friends, new classes and a new environment can be a challenging transition. You're not alone.

Depression | Anxiety | How To Help Yourself

Did you know:
• Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, insomnia and ADHD are common on college campuses.

• 50% of all college students reported that, at one time, they felt so depressed they had trouble functioning.

• 15% met the criteria for Major Depression.

• 20% of all college students were diagnosed or treated for a mental disorder in the previous 12 months.

• Most common symptoms were depression and anxiety...twice as common in women than men.

According to the DSM-IV, depression can be a combination of the following symptoms. Only a mental health professional can make an official diagnosis.

• Depressed mood on most days of the week

• Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable

• Change in weight or eating habits

• Change in sleeping habits (too much or too little sleep)

• Sense of restlessness or being slowed down

• Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day

• Feeling worthless or excessively guilty

• Lost or diminished ability to concentrate

• Recurring thoughts of death (not just fear of death) or thoughts of suicide

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Anxiety is another common mental concern for many college students. Signs of anxiety can include:

• Feelings of fear, panic or uneasiness

• Obsessive thoughts or flashbacks to a specific event

• Nightmares or sleeping disruptions

• Physical symptoms can include cold/sweaty hands or feet, palpitations, shortness of breath, restlessness, dry mouth, nausea or dizziness.

Rowan has on-campus resources available to help. If you or a friend is experiencing an emergency, call the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at 856-256-4222 during business hours or Public Safety (856-256-4911) after hours and ask to speak to the counselor on call.

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How to Help Yourself
There are lots of ways to effectively manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. First and foremost, talk to a counselor to come up with the best plan for you. It may involve medication, it may not. Other ways to help alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety are to:

• Get involved in an activity. Being involved will help your social health, help you make friends and help build your resume in the process! Check out SGA (link) for a list of clubs and activities on campus.

• Exercise. Even going for a walk can help clear your head. There are walking routes around Rowan that will allow for some scenery and exercise. Check out with the Rec Center (link) has to offer.

• Find what you can do for stress relief. For some, it’s listening to music. For others, it may be running or reading a book. Discover what you like to do.

• Practice good nutrition. Check out Healthy Campus Initiative’s Nutrition (link) section for some great ideas.

• Get some sleep! A good night’s sleep (usually no more than 9 hours total) can help elevate mood.

• Do something productive. Finish that paper you’ve been working on, or make a good start on that project. Even cleaning can help elevate your mood when you see how good the finished product looks!

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Rowan has many on-campus resources for dealing with depression and anxiety. Reach out and get help! Your R.A. can assist too!

Counseling & Psychological Services Center
Student Health Center
Public Safety – Emergency