Common Mental Issues or Concerns

Depression

Depression is a serious medical illness. People don’t choose to be depressed, and it is not because you are weak or lazy. Depression affects over 17 million people in the USA each year and is twice as common in women as in men.
Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad nearly every day for 2 weeks or longer
  • Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed
  • Lack of energy
  • Major sleep or appetite changes
  • Weight changes
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness
  • Not being able to make decisions
  • Excessive feelings of guilt
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

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The exact cause of depression is not known. However, it is known that chemical imbalances in the brain, along with genetic and life influences can be responsible for your mood. Depression can be successfully treated with medication and counseling. Also exercising, eating well and avoiding alcohol can help. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms — DON’T WAIT. Make an appointment today with a DSU Mental Health Therapist at 435-652-7756

Anxiety

Anxiety can range from uneasiness to extreme panic and fear. Common types of anxiety include; Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Test Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. If your anxiety is frequent, severe, or interferes with your life, consult with a DSU Mental Health professional at the DSU Health & Wellness Center. Anxiety is an illness that can impact your life negatively but can be treated effectively. To speak with a mental health professional to discuss anxiety issues call 435-652-7756

Eating Disorders

Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are all common eating disorders. They often involve other serious medical or emotional issues, and an affected person needs to seek immediate help.

Signs of an eating disorder might include:

  • Hates the thought of body fat
  • Exercises often and too excessively
  • Uses steroids or supplements
  • Skips meals often
  • Eats the same thing day after day
  • Has conflicts with family or friends over how much or how often they eat
  • Vomiting after eating
  • Use of diuretics or laxatives after eating
  • Secret eating binges
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