Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 university students experience anxiety or depression. Knowing the signs of depression in college students can help you recognize when your student needs help.
Signs of Depression in College
• Persistent feelings of sadness
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
• Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
• Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, irritability
• Change in eating or sleeping patterns
• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
• Guilt
• Change is personal hygiene
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
•Feeling nervous, irritable or on edge
•Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
•An increased heart rate
•Breathing rapidly, sweating, and/or trembling
•Feeling weak or tired
•Difficulty concentrating and/or sleeping
•Having trouble sleeping
•Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
If you suspect your student is experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, be open with them, letting them know that experiencing depression and anxiety is common during the college years. Support is available through the Counseling Center in Bosch Hall 105. Drop-in Hours are also available for students daily from 3 – 4pm.
The Counseling Center will be sponsoring a Depression and Anxiety Screening Day where students will have the opportunity to take an anonymous screening and consult briefly with a counselor.
We continue to work to reduce the stigma of seeking help to support our mental health.