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Depression & suicide

Depression affects over 19 million Americans in any given year (NUMH). Estimates are that depression costs the nation about 43.7 billion dollars per year for medication, professional care, and lost production at work and school. Despite these numbers, depression continues to be one of the most unrecognized and under-diagnosed illnesses in this country.

Signs of depression:

Almost all college students will experience some of these symptoms at one time or another. However if you experience five (5) or more of these symptoms for two weeks or longer, you may be suffering from a depressive episode.


Bipolar disorder

What used to be called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a type of depression that involves significant mood swings. People who suffer from this disorder move from feeling depressed to being overly up and excited. Along with feeling "high" the individual can also experience extreme irritability and agitation. The mood swings more often then not occurs gradually over time. But there are some individuals who experience dramatic shifts in mood. This is called rapid cycling. Some symptoms for bi-polar disorder outside of the mood swings are increased energy and activity, insomnia, reckless behavior, impulsiveness, grandiosity, and sexual promiscuity.



Thoughts of suicide and death are often signs of serious depression. Suicidal thoughts should always be taken seriously. If you are having suicidal thoughts or frequent thoughts about death, seek help immediately. Talk to someone you trust: a friend, family member, hall director, professor, or contact the counseling center. If there is no one around, contact a crisis hotline 1-800-273-TALK) or call 911.. Talking to someone can help a lot, but if you are having suicidal thoughts, chances are you need to be evaluated by a mental health professional. Let the person you've chosen to talk to help you make that connection with a professional.


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