Column – Fighting Depression

Depression can be found in one-in-five students and is a reason why they seek counseling, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health.

Depression is the number one cause of suicide, according to psychologytoday.com. It is also one of many mental health issues that can affect any student regardless of how long they have been in college.

When students attend college they tend to go through challenges that they did not face at any other time in their school experiences. These issues can be both exciting and frightening.

Transitioning from high school to a college or university can be the first time a student has felt alone and/or away from home. Meeting new people, developing relationships, new living environments, financial troubles and new living situations can cause students a lot of anxiety.

Learning to handle these challenges is fundamental and can help keep students healthy and avoid going over the edge. Depression can be overcome if there is a balance. No one can get better if they go it alone. Help is always available on and off campus.

Students pay an $11 health fee semesterly, which grants unlimited access to the Pierce College Health Center.

“People with depression might not acknowledge that they’re struggling. Lack of awareness about symptoms of depression can cause people to consider their feelings normal or dismiss them as a time-limited struggle,” according to PSYCOM.

People experiencing depression don’t always understand what is causing them to feel down.

People who might have friends with any symptoms should encourage them to seek help, and to let them know people are there for them.