Feeling Low? National Depression Screening Day offers help. St. Thomas Newsroom October 6, 2010 People say college is supposed to be the best time of your life; however, despite the fun and freedom, many students feel distressed, anxious, disconnected and alone. Some college students talk about feeling sad, stuck, hopeless or overwhelmed by stress.If any of this describes how you’re feeling and you can’t shake yourself out of it, you might be experiencing depression. Stop by information tables that will be set up on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 7, in the second-floor atrium, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. Counseling and Psychological Services will host the tables from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offer free confidential screenings for depression.Even if you’re sure you don’t have depression, feel free to stop by, take advantage of the program, and learn about available services. You might learn something that will help you or someone you care about.You also can take the screening online, anonymously.Depression is more than just a bad day, the response to a bad grade, or a little anxiety about future events. When left untreated, depression can leave you feeling so bad that you forget how it feels to feel good.Symptoms of depression include:A persistent sad, anxious or “empty” moodFeelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, helplessness, irritability or worthlessnessLoss of interest or pleasure in activities ranging from schoolwork to sports to socializing with friends or datingSleeping too much or too littleChanges in appetiteDecreased energy, fatigue, or feeling “slowed down”Thoughts of death or dyingSuicide attemptsIncreased restlessness or fidgetingDifficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisionsLow self-esteem or extreme guiltPhysical symptoms – such as headaches, digestive disorders or chronic pain – that don’t respond to medical treatmentFor more information on depression, visit the National Institute of Mental Health website or call Counseling and Psychological Services, (651) 962-6780. Depression can be treated. We’re here to help.