These might be signs of depression, a serious and disabling medical condition with symptoms characterized by mood, physical and cognitive changes.
More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression and anxiety, regardless of age, race or gender. Less than half of those suffering from depression seek treatment, however.
Forty-three percent of students report feeling depressed, but social stigma, confusion and a simple lack of knowledge of the resources available prevent many from accessing the help they need.
NIU’s Counseling & Student Development Center will host a depression screening event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Lincoln Room of the Holmes Student Center.
All NIU students are welcome, and the event is free.
Each student will complete a brief screening form and then meet with a counselor to get the results. Information on depression, stress management and anxiety also will be available.
For more information, call Erica Barnes at (815) 753‑1206.
Non-students interested in local free depression screening should contact the Ben Gordon Center at (815) 756-4875. To find listings of other free depression screenings, visit www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org.