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Future Health

Seeking treatment for depression at college

October 23, 2014 

About 30 percent of college students reported feeling so depressed at some point in the last year that it was difficult for them to function. Most did not seek treatment. But medical professionals say this is a mistake, because early diagnosis and treatment of depression can make an enormous difference.


Most colleges offer some level of mental health services to students which can get them on the road to relief for their depression symptoms, prevent depression from returning, and help them succeed in college and beyond.


Depression is common but serious, according to health officials. It is marked by feelings of sadness or anxiety that does not pass within a few days. Untreated, depression can last for a long time.


There are many reasons to seek treatment for depression: to stem what could be a long term condition if left untreated, to make sure it does not negatively impact academic performance, to avoid behaviors often found with depression such as smoking cigarettes and problems related to alcohol abuse and other substance abuse.


If you're a college student struggling with feelings of depression or know someone you think may be, consulting a doctor or mental health care provider should be the very next step to save yourself pain and assure that you have the best academic experience possible.