What is depression?
Any OSU student can experience depression. It can impact your grades, relationships, health, even your life.
Some symptoms of depression include:
- Sadness or decreased interests in things you normally enjoy.
- Suicidal thoughts. If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis, click here NOW
- Low energy
- Increase or decrease in sleep/appetite
- Frequent headaches, stomachaches, or otherwise inexplicable aches and pains
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Neglecting responsibilities and personal appearance
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, and/or worthlessness
Not sure if you are depressed?
Take a free anonymous self-assessment.
How to treat depression
Schedule an appointment for professional counseling and/or medications
National institute of mental health offers the following suggestions:
- Try to see a professional as soon as possible. Research shows that that longer your wait, the greater the impairment can be down the road.
- Try to be active and exercise.
- Set realistic goals for yourself.
- Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities and do what you can as you can.
- Don not isolate yourself. Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
- Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly "snap out of" your depression. Often during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
- Postpone important decisions, such as changing majors, dropping out, ending relationships, etc, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
- Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.
- Continue to educate yourself about depression.
- OSU Counseling and Consultation Service is able to see students on an urgent basis during our hours of operation. You can reach us at 614-292-5766.
- Often crises occur for students when our center is closed. You can call NetCare Access 614-276-2273 or go to the OSU Hospital Emergency Department 614-293-8333.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Text Telephone: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
- Military Veterans Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 1)
- Suicide Hotline in Spanish: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 2)
- LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
- The Trans Lifeline : 1-877- 565-8860
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National Support Groups
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
- Recovery International
- Emotions Anonymous
Books to read on Depression:
- Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (revised ed., 1999) by David Burns: A book about alleviating depression through cognitive-behavioral methods.
- Mind Over Mood: Change How you Feel by changing the Way You Think (1995) by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky: A book about alleviating depression through cognitive-behavioral methods.
- When Living Hurts: Directives for Treating Depression (1994) By Michael D. Yapko: A book about reducing depression by brief and practical directives
- When Feeling Bad Is Good (1994) by Ellen McGrath: Offers new perspectives on depression for women.
- I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression(1997) by Terrence Real: A book on men and depression.