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**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.

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