Cutting on Campus
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Purposely cutting yourself with a razor blade or knife may sound crazy, but many people find inflicting self harm to be a release of tension and an effective balm for feelings of depression. Here, a closer look at people who cut.
Transcript: It's more common than you might think. More than one in every two hundred college students cut themselves....
It's more common than you might think. More than one in every two hundred college students cut themselves. The act of cutting, often associated with other kinds of self-injury, is deliberate injury inflicted by a person upon their own body without suicidal intent. These acts may be aimed at relieving otherwise unbearable emotions, and/or sensations of unreality and numbness. The illness is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as a symptom of borderline personality disorder and depressive disorders.Most cutters focus on their wrists, arms, and legs. 0ften utilizing razors knives, or other sharp objects although some prefer to burn their skin with lit matches or cigarettes. Understanding the psychology behind the act of cutting can be very difficult and complex. Many people who cut themselves aren't seeking physical injury per se, as much as they are looking for a means of feeling in control of-or better about-a difficult situation. For people who self-injure, cutting can offer the relief that others may find from a good cry or the use of drugs or alcohol, or strenuous exercise. This is because cutting can actually release pleasure-inducing endorphins for people who choose to cut.Unfortunately, cutting can be habit-forming and addictive, leading to compulsive self-injury. Physically, this can lead to scars on the body or serious infections. And, although cutting is generally not a suicide attempt, cutters may accidentally go too deep and hit a critical blood vessel, resulting in severe blood loss, or even death. resulting in severe blood loss, or even death. Emotionally, people who cut are not coping with life's stressors in an healthy way, and are in need of psychological assistance to help cope with this behavior. If you or someone you know is cutting, it's vital to seek guidance and treatment from your doctor or your college's mental health center.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-12 | Tags »
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High academic demands, financial stress, and social adjustment can lead to major depression in college students. College isn't four years of fun for everyone. Take a look at this video.
Transcript: Feeling seriously down in the dumps? There's help for depression, and it starts with knowledge about...
Feeling seriously down in the dumps? There's help for depression, and it starts with knowledge about the condition. According to University of Michigan researchers, 15% of college students suffer from clinical depression during their time in school. Clinical depression is a brain disorder characterized by a near constant state of sadness and loss of interest in once pleasurable activities. One of the reasons depression is prevalent on college campuses is that the condition tends to occur during times of social adjustment. In addition, heavy course loads and studying, coupled with the changes that living away from home brings, can lead to depression.It's important to understand, however, that clinical depression is different from being "depressed," which is just another way of saying you're feeling down. All college students feel depressed sometimes, but the condition only becomes a problem when it's persistent. Some of the signs that depression is cause for concern include feelings of guilt and anxiety, lack of motivation, extreme fatigue, and thoughts of death or suicide. Major depression is an often disabling condition, which adversely affects a person's family, work and/or school life. It also impacts sleeping and eating habits, and general health; so if you find that your typical life habits are being affected, it's time to take your depression seriously.And while depression like this is treatable, only 33% of those affected actually seek out help, the same University of Michigan study found. If you're dealing with depression, be among those students that do seek help by making an appointment with the campus counseling center. There, an experienced counselor will talk to you-usually for free-about whether repeat counseling will help ease your depression. Sometimes, antidepressant medications, like Paxil or Effexor, may be prescribed to help ease depression symptoms. In other cases, group therapy with peers facing similar challenges may be your best route to recovery. Whatever treatment that ends up working for you, take charge of your depression by actively seeking help!More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-05 | Tags »
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Young adults and children on antidepressants are more prone to suicidal thoughts. Learn more about antidepressants and suicide risk in this video.
Transcript: In 2004, the Food & Drug Administration added a black box warning to ALL antidepressants stating...
In 2004, the Food & Drug Administration added a black box warning to ALL antidepressants stating that, in the first couple months of treatment, suicidal thoughts may INCREASE in children AND adolescents. In 2007, they extended the warning to people 24 and under. So if antidepressants RAISE suicide risk, why would they be prescribed for young people at all? Well, a comprehensive review of available data found that the BENEFITS of antidepressants to children and adolescents with major depression and anxiety disorders outweigh this upsetting-but relatively rare and transient--risk. The danger is greatest during the first 4 weeks of medication and decreases after that. According to the National institutes of Health, about 4 percent of children taking SSRI medications experienced suicidal thinking or behavior, including actual suicide attempts-twice the rate of those taking placebo, or sugar pills. However, there is no data that identifies WHICH antidepressants are riskier. To control the risk, young people on antidepressants should be monitored CLOSELY. And, according to the NIMH-funded Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study, they respond best when treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy .Antidepressants do not seem to increase suicidal thoughts or actions in adults OVER 24, however. And while they are not always effective, about 55 to 70 percent of people feel better -- at least in the short term -- as a result of taking an antidepressant. If you find yourself or a young person you know having suicidal thoughts, see your doctor IMMEDIATELY. If you've just started a new medication, it MIGHT be the reason for the extreme depression. But DON'T stop taking antidepressant medication WITHOUT a doctor's permission and supervision. Watch more videos in this series to learn more about treating major depression.More »
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