Do you have college depression?

Most students can not wait to move away from home and go to college.

Although sometimes it’s not always one big party.

In fact, 15 percent of students have depression more than half with significant symptoms.

Take 20-year old Diana Parrish who three years ago started college with the same dreams as her classmates.

However at the end of her first semester, something changed.

"I was just completely unmotivated to do anything, other than pretty much just sit in my room and lay and look at the wall. That was about it," says Parrish.

Researchers say depression in college is actually common.

One reason is that 20-percent of the United States population is hit with depression and that does not exclude students.

Dr. Stacey Pearson from the University of Michigan says, "College is actually a mixed bag. There are parts of being in college that can serve as a protective factor, but then there are also parts that put students at risk."

Another factor could be the transition form living with parents to away from home and academic demands can trigger depression.

"What we also see sometimes is what we call the sophomore blues. So students who go through the honeymoon period their freshman year, but that second year really start to struggle with the realities of college life," says Dr. Pearson.

Out of fear of flunking out of school, Diana sought help getting counseling and medication.

"It seemed so daunting to have this go on forever, feeling like this. It'll take time and it'll take work, and it won't be fun, but you will start to feel better,” says Diana.

She knows she could become depressed again, but is now prepared to face it and hopes by hearing her story other students will be too.

Depression warning signs include sleeping more or not sleeping, having trouble getting out of bed and going to class.

Additional symptoms may include a lack of energy and motivation, feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.


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