There is Hope.

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Ever feel like you are in the middle of a storm? Depression is not a weakness or a character flaw. There are millions, even billions, of chemical reactions that are responsible for your mood. Nerve cell connections and growth have an impact on depression. It is a complex disease that requires individualized treatment. 

Is it depression? Or something else? 

The Self Evaluator was developed for ULifeline by Duke University School of Medicine and screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions that college students face. This screening does not provide a diagnosis, but identifies problems that could be impacting thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The screening process also provides information on these conditions and how to reach out for help.

How do I know if I'm depressed, or just sad? 

The only way to be 100% sure is to see a mental health professional. The doctors and counselors at NAU can help you. 

Everyone feels sad at times. Depression is when those feelings of sadness get so intense that you feel helpless, hopeless, or worthless for longer than a few days. You might have trouble concentrating or sleeping. You might feel exhausted and have trouble going to class. If you feel this way, make an appointment with Medical Services. Your first appointment with a counselor is free, and is confidential. 

One step at time. 

Just as we can exercise and eat well to improve our physical health, there are actions we can take to support our emotional health.

  • Sleep at least 8 hours each night. Researchers have found a link between sleep problems and depression. 
  • Eat well. Half your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables. Stock up on omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and walnuts. These healthy foods can help keep your mood stable.
  • Avoid added sugars and caffeine. A spike in blood sugar can lead to mood swings, and caffeine can make you feel anxious. 
  • Take time to relax. Try meditation or deep breathing. 
  • Exercise. Working out can release a chemical reaction which can boost your mood.