How to recognize symptoms of depression

By Taylor King

Students at Quincy University have a lot to be stressed about. Athletics, keeping up with their school work, social lives and keeping in touch with family and friends.

All of that can add up and students may not be able to find that within their busy schedules of being a student that there can be signs or symptoms of depression.

There are many symptoms that students can look up to see if they have any signs of depression. They either can be very transparent or they can be hidden and some wouldn’t even think that there was something wrong with them.

The most common symptoms of depression with college students are; persistent feelings of sadness, body aches, trouble focusing, and insomnia.

“During the winter is when I know that students and myself get depressed. It’s the time of the year where you can’t really go outside and do much and you are stuck inside most of the time. I am one that loves the summer and being outside, the winter is not my friend,” Sarah Blair said.

Another reason why some students have symptoms of depression during their time at college is that they are homesick and miss the way things used to be when they lived back home.

“I know that at times especially when we are coming up on Christmas break I get more homesick than ever, I am one who is very close with my family so it can be hard to be away from them for a while,” Blair said.

It’s not that students are actually depressed but they recognize when they need to have a change in their action when they can foresee themselves becoming depressed.

“I know for a fact if I ended up living by myself next year that I would become a completely different person. I am glad that I was proactive about making sure that I have a roommate for next year, I am not one who likes to be by myself,” Zach Lamari said.

It is very common for college students to become depressed at some point in the college career, there are plenty of opportunities to make sure this doesn’t happen on campus.

“There are more than enough activities and athletics to attend anytime of the year, a place where students can get to know other students. I know I always try to look at the events calendar as much as possible or ask anyone down the SSC if there are any events coming up. I hate the winter time as well, staying inside just puts me in a sad and mad mood for a while,” Kaeley Mueller explains.

Depression is the most common health problem for college students. Be a friend and look out for one another.

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