Health hut, depression awareness

By Christine Blom
October 14, 2004

Across from Founders Hall, the Cabrini College Health Hut displayed a stand with information to get questions rolling about depression.

Approaching the venue, students were apprehensive about testing their mood. Even though this was a test that did not even need to be studied for, students were still frantic about the situation because they were not sure what the test would reveal. This test is supposed to reveal if an individual suffers from any form of depression or if they are demonstrating any signs.

Many college students are suffering from depression, whether it is an eating disorder, stress or homesickness. There are a few symptoms to look for if you think someone is depressed. These signs are: depressed mood, poor appetite or overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy or fatigue and low self-esteem.

People tend to worry about what causes depression. According to one of the pamphlets that were being handed out, there are three ways in which a person can become depressed.

The first way that a person becomes depressed is externally. This can happen if a person is in debt, grieving over the loss of a loved one, or dealing with relationship problems.

The second way a person can be depressed is genetically. Depression can be carried down from parents and others of the same genetics. No need to stress though because this is not always the case.

The final way that depression can be caused is physiological or biochemical factors. This means that chemicals in the brain are imbalanced and this causes the brain to go into depression mode.

There are many doable measures that can be taken to relieve depression. The first and easiest thing to is to get support. Talking to people who care such as friends or family members can help relieve stress associated with depression.

If talking to friends or family is not an option then calling a counselor is another resource. As the depression progresses, so do the cures. A doctor can be seen, therapy can be attended and medicine can be prescribed.

On campus, there are people in the Counseling Center in the Rooyman’s Center is open for anyone who need to be helped. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact Dr. Sarah Magitty or Kallie Coles for any questions or someone to talk to at (610) 902-8561.
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