**For Immediate Release**
Counseling Office Offers Depression Screening
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-29-05
The Counseling Office at Oklahoma Panhandle State University
will offer free, confidential screenings for depression,
bipolar disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder
during National Depression Screening Day. Open to students
and anyone else interested, the screenings and information
sessions are being held on Thursday, October 13 at the
OPSU Student Union Ballroom from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information, or to seek immediate help, please
stop by the Counseling Office in Hamilton Hall, Room 141,
or call (580) 349-1556.
People say college is supposed to
be “the time of
your life.” Students make lifelong friends, attend
parties, and enjoy the freedom of living on their own.
But for many, adjusting to college life can be difficult.
Many students suffer from stress, anxiety, and loneliness. “Students
need to understand that depression and anxiety are not
character flaws or personal weaknesses. They are illnesses
that are highly responsive to treatment. If you have not
been feeling like yourself lately, plan to participate
in the free, anonymous screening, or stop by my office,” said
Christi Hale, OPSU Director of Counseling.
At the screening, participants complete a questionnaire,
and then talk with a counselor about the results. Even
those just having a bad couple of days are encouraged to
take advantage of the program to learn what services are
available on campus. Education about emotional conditions
may help students and their friends in the future.
If you are feeling sad and angry,
weepy and tired, can’t
stop worrying, are having nightmares, yo-yo between being
elated and being down, or know someone who is, plan to
attend National Depression Screening Day.