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WSU Counseling Services has many resources to help you overcome your depression and anxiety. (Photo credit)

Now that everyone has finally gotten settled in at school and has their classes figured out, professors decide to switch it up and start giving exams, or what I like to call them, academic death traps.

No one likes to have to take exams and quizzes, but we all have to do it. Now I know it can get really difficult to stick with your classes when you are so overwhelmed and maybe even the D-word– depressed.

Depression is a very serious condition no matter if it is seasonal, situational or severe. All aspects of the condition are difficult to deal with–the anxiety, sad mood, lack of energy, lack of appetite, antisocial behavior, not wanting to do anything and even thoughts of suicide. Of course, depression has many other symptoms as well and each person is affected differently.

I myself suffer from depression so I definitely know the feeling. I am not ashamed to admit it and no one should ever feel ashamed about their struggles with mental health. Many people suffer from depression, but often put up a front and don’t tell anyone. For me, it was biological. The predisposition for depression is in my genes and being overwhelmed by exams does not help my depression.

All is not lost, however. Depression can be controlled with counseling and medications. I go to counseling every two weeks right here on campus in the wellness complex. I am also on four different medications. If it wasn’t for the counseling and medications, I can honestly say I don’t know if I would be here right now.

If you think you might have depression, please go to Kryzsko Commons 247 this Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11:30am-1:30pm to get a free depression screening. WSU Counseling Services is offering these services for free to get you the help you need to feel better. They won’t poke you with any needles or anything like that, so that’s a plus. They just want to talk to you and to show you that you don’t have to go through it alone. Trust me, they really have your best interests at heart.

If you can’t make it to the depression screening on Thursday, you can also take an online mental health screening.

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Elizabeth Peterson

Liz graduated in 2016 with a BS in Nursing. She is from Atkinson, IL and her hobbies including reading and watching movies as well as anything outdoors.

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