Depression and Anxiety
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Do you find yourself feeling a little lackluster during the winter? Don't let your academic and social life take a hit because of the weather! Click here for a presentation on Seasonal Affective Disorder by Dr. Amanda Swain. Learn how to recognize and treat "SAD".
Stress Reduction Sessions
Campus Health offers stress reducation podcasts, Mind/Body workshops, and many other resources for Penn students. Click here to learn more about them.
Tips to Combat Depression and Anxiety
Below is a list of ideas to help combat issues with depression and anxiety from the Mental Health America website. This is not meant to replace an evaluation at SHS or CAPS (click here to visit the CAPS website).
- Carefully plan your day. Make time every day to prioritize your work. Prioritizing can give you a sense of control over what you must do and a sense that you can do it.
- Plan your work and sleep schedules. Too many students defer doing important class work until nighttime, work through much of the night, and start every day feeling exhausted. Constant fatigue can be a critical trigger for depression. Seven or eight hours of sleep a night is important to your well- being.
- Participate in an extracurricular activity. Sports, theater, fraternities and sororities, the student newspaper – whatever interests you – can bring opportunities to meet people interested in the same things you are, and these activities provide welcome change from class work.
- Seek support from other people. This may be a roommate or a friend from class. Friendships can help make a strange place feel more friendly and comfortable. Sharing your emotions reduces isolation and helps you realize that you are not alone.
- Try relaxation methods. These include meditation, deep breathing, warm baths, long walks, exercise – whatever you enjoy that lessens your feelings of stress and discomfort.
- Take time for yourself every day. Make special time for yourself – even if it's only for 15 minutes a day. Focusing on yourself can be energizing and gives you a feeling of purpose and control over your life.
- Work towards recovery. The most important step in combating depression and reclaiming your college experience is to seek treatment. Your physician should communicate to you that remission of symptoms should be your goal and work with you to determine whether psychological counseling, medication or a combination of both treatments is needed.