Mount St. Joseph University

Dealing With Depression

Dateline: student newspaper

File Under: college life, depression, wellness center

When my alarm goes off in the morning for class, I usually can’t pull myself out of bed. True, I am a senior, and there is something to be said for the cliché sleep deprived student, but that’s not the case with me. I have depression, bipolar disorder and dissociative disorder.  I’m not going to lie. It’s really tough to have all of this on my plate, especially with the course load I take and the hours I have to spend studying.

My professors have been really understanding over the years as I’ve dealt with various mental breakdowns and memory problems, and are supportive of me if I have to miss a class or two. I rarely miss class though, because I find that the routine of going to class keeps me in check most days. If I spend a lot of time alone in my room, I start to feel depressed, so I make it a goal to get out and hang out with friends on a daily basis.

One of the most valuable resources on campus is the Wellness Center. I go to a counselor once a week to work through daily issues that hold me back. The counseling services are free (as broke college kids, that’s a miracle), and you can go as little or as much as you want, so there’s no pressure to make a ton of appointments.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Many people experience the first symptoms of depression during their college years. Unfortunately, many college students who have depression aren't getting the help they need. They may not know where to go for help, or they may believe that treatment won't help. Others don't get help because they think their symptoms are just part of the typical stress of college, or they worry about being judged if they seek mental health care.”

College is fun, but it can be overwhelming at times. I know many people that suffer from depression, and I know many people that are hesitant to seek help. If you feel overwhelmed or depressed, you should make an appointment with the Wellness Center by calling (513) 244-4949. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for some help. There are many great support systems here on campus. Trust me, I’ve been there, and with support from the Wellness Center, my friends and my professors, I am confident that as time goes on, things will get better.