By Erica Wong |Foreign Corresponding| As the temperatures dropped, everyone was taking advantage of the time off from school to travel and prepare for the holidays. Everyone except for me. I found myself sad and unmotivated—unable to get out of bed to do little more than shower and make ramen. I stopped answering phone calls and I found myself sleeping around 18 hours a day, but I still felt exhausted. This went on for almost three long weeks. The melancholy of the long winter days is something that affects us all, but it hits some people harder than others. Seasonal affective disorder, appropriately abbreviated as SAD, is depression that’s related to changes in seasons. It … [Read more...] about Cold winter days got you feeling SAD?
By Suanna Gutierrez |Staff Writer| It's estimated that 25 to 50 percent of college students in the U.S. who are seen in counseling and at student health centers are taking antidepressants. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) those numbers have been on the rise in the past decade. Antidepressants should not be the sole agent in the fight against depression for college students. A prescription alone cannot induce a healthy psychological recovery needed to battle and overcome depression in anyone. The real causes of some one's depression should be evaluated and diagnosed before prescribing potentially harmful drugs. A national study conducted by NEJM reported that of … [Read more...] about Counsel depression, say no to drugs