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Students seek help for depression

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According to a recent survey, some students are suffering from depression.

Of the 20 responses; 90 percent said they are or have suffered from depression in the past. With only 80 percent having sought help for it.

Counselor Myron Parsley defines clinical depression as “something that lasts a little longer than a normal spell of feeling down,” Parsley said. “The symptoms are a little more severe and we are looking at intensity, frequency and duration of symptoms.”

Peter Strobel says that he thinks of it as something that comes up but doesn’t define him.

 “I don’t choose to be depressed, it’s just something that happens,” Strobel said. “It’s important to have resources and for me. Those (resources) have been reaching out to Myron, working with a fraternity brother, talking to family and being accountable with professors.” 

Parsley says that one common misconception of depression is that it’s something people can just “get over." 

“Certainly people can do things to help themselves out when they’re depressed, but there are aspects that are more complicated,” Parsley said. “Those things sometimes involve seeing a professional to help or meeting with a doctor who can prescribe medication.”

Nora Halder is an example of someone who uses both a therapist and medication.

 “The therapist I see now is genuinely good at helping me process through things,” Halder said. “Another thing is I do use anti-depressants because they are meant to help.”

Myron Parsley says that if someone hasn’t done any kind of counseling he always recommends that to start out with and then going to medication management if necessary.

“Research is pretty good about saying that medication is good and counseling is good, but usually the combination is the best,” Parsley said.