As the air gets colder and finals time comes around many students become overwhelmed and start to experience signs of depression.
The Edna and Stanley Tuttleman Counseling Services Center, located at 1810 Liacourus walk, is one of the many resources Temple has to offer.
According to Tuttleman Counseling Sevices “Anxiety and depression are two of the more common psychological disturbances that can present significant problems for students. Both of these rather common emotional states can impair an individual’s normal functioning when these states become prolonged or severe. When an individual’s ability to function in a normal manner becomes impaired because of anxiety or depression, some kind of assistance should be recommended.”
Temple Student Skye Curry gave us insight on how she deals with stress and depression.
“Music, I would say is my biggest stress reliever. Even though I know that I am stressed, music kind of helps me de-stress a little bit and kind of helps me realize everything is going to be okay. It just puts me in a better mind of ease.”
Another Temple Student, Nickee Plaksen, tells us how she is not new to the counseling services and believes that during Finals time it can be a great resource to keep her on the right track.
“One thing I’m doing to deal with the pressure of finals, is seeing a therapist at Tuttleman Counseling Center. She’s just like, you know, a general therapist. Just seeing her has been a big help.”
Some signs of college depression Include but are not limited to:
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Agitation or restlessness
- Angry outbursts
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
- Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixation on past failures, or self-blame when things aren’t going right
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
The following links contain information about depression and some self help tips on how to deal with depression:
Helpguide.org – Depression
This site contains a wealth of information on depression and some self help tips on dealing with depression
Helpguide.org – Suicide Prevention
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you need to talk to someone right now
Helpguide.org– Grief and Loss
Tips on coping with grief and loss. Tips on supprting a grieving person in your life
This site contains ten tools each describing ways for you to improve the quality of your day to day life. Each tool contains it’s own page full of material and suggestions ranging from better sleep habits to staying positive or connecting with other people
e-couch provides information about emotional problems – what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others better
This workbook is designed to provide you with some information about depression and suggested strategies for how you can manage your mood
If you are a student and are feeling depressed, do not hesitate to utilize the resources Temple has to offer.