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.

Depression
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

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