Your responsibilities are not to
diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and
forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find
understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.
is a common mental health problem that varies in severity and duration.
less serious form, depression is a temporary reaction to loss, stress, or life challenges. It can be alleviated
through the passage of time and/or the natural healing effects of warm supportive
social relationships, daily routines, and simple coping strategies like
distraction, a structured daily schedule, and exercise. Moderate to severe or
chronic depression requires professional help.
can be generalized across a range of situations, or it may be
test anxiety, social anxiety, and public speaking anxiety).
depression includes irritation, anxiety, and anger (particularly in men). In
its most serious form, depression can be accompanied by self-destructive and/or
suicidal thoughts and intentions as a way to escape from the emotional pain.
shows, again and again, that depression and anxiety can be highly responsive to
both psychotherapy and medication.
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