College Students Experience Increased Rates of Depression

college_depressionIf you’re feeling down and aren’t really sure why, there’s no need to feel alone. A 2003 study cites that as many as 15 percent of college students may have symptoms of depression, and about 10 percent of college students arrive on campus with a history of depression.

Many times, a culmination of different factors can cause depression. According to the University of Texas-Austin’s Web site, there are different categories of depression factors. Some could suffer from one or many factors.

The first is environmental. Maybe you hate your roommate or can’t afford to keep going out as much. Or possibly you’re taking 18 credit hours and are stressed out beyond belief. This is definitely going to have a toll on you mentally and emotionally. Another is interpersonal relationships. This includes a recent breakup with a significant other, a death in the family or a conflict with a loved one.

Depression is also caused by genetic predisposition and runs in the family. If you have an immediate family member who suffers from depression, you are more at risk for developing depression. Your depression could also be contributed to your diet and exercise habits. If you eat Sonic almost every day and don’t exercise, you are not maintaining your body well. Substance abuse, such as binge drinking, can also contribute to your problem. Your thoughts can also be a factor leading to depression. If you’re very self-critical or pessimistic lately, this could be why you’re feeling so low.

The common symptoms for depression and can include physical, behavioral and emotional changes. Physical symptoms include sleep pattern changes, feeling fatigued or eating more or less than usual. Attitude or behavioral changes involve a lessened interest in previously pleasurable activities or a difficulty concentrating. Emotional symptoms include suicidal thoughts or feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of depression, don’t be afraid to seek out help. Many college campuses offer free counseling sessions. You can take an anonymous online free screening here.

— By Kara Apel

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