IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program

According to the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, in a national study, students named depression as one of the top ten impediments to academic performance. They also identified stress, sleep difficulties, and relationship or family problems. About 30% of all college freshmen reported feeling overwhelmed a great deal of the time.   

In the 2006 National College Health Assessment, 43.8% of the 94,806 students surveyed reported they “felt so depressed it was difficult to function” during the past year, and 9.3% said that they had “seriously considered suicide” during the year. If left untreated, depression can lead to suicide, which is the second leading cause of college students’ death, according to the APA. 


Everyone feels blue now and then, but being down in the dumps over a long period of time is not normal. A depressed mood, over time, can change the way a person thinks or feels, which then changes behavior. At some point, it becomes “clinical depression.” Depression is a medical condition, a treatable disorder. It is not a lack of willpower, a personal failure, or a sign of weakness.

The good news is that depression is treatable through medication, psycho

therapy (talking it out) and some behavioral and cognitive changes. Treatment generally alleviates symptoms 80% of the time.

About 15% of the population will suffer from clinical depression at some point in their lifetime. Some of them will attempt suicide.  Listen carefully when a

friend or relative complains of being depressed or tells you nobody cares. This may be a cry for help.  Depression is treatable and people do get better.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feeling tired most of the time, a lack of energy
  • An “empty” feeling, ongoing sadness and/or anxiety
  • Loss of interest in ordinary activities, including sex
  • Sleep problems
  • Problems with eating and weight (loss or gain)
  • Excessive crying
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Aches and pains that linger
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration, memory lapses and difficulty making decisions
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts

Symptoms vary widely among people, and depression can sometimes hide behind a smiling face. Four or more of these symptoms may indicate a problem. If you, or someone you know suffers from depression, contact your Student Assistance Counseling Program for help. We offer individual counseling and also run a 10 week group session on Depression Recovery. Drop in at Walb Student Union, room 113 or call 260-266-8060. It’s confidential, it’s on campus, and it’s free. We want to help.