National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Kaitlin Gallo, Ph.D.
Chief Clinical Officer, CCH

This week is National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. While it is normal and expected to feel anxious and sad sometimes, at other times the frequency, duration, or problems caused by feeling anxious or sad may warrant treatment from a licensed mental health clinician.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in the U.S., with over 30% of U.S. adults experiencing an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Depression is also very common, with a lifetime prevalence of 17%. Both anxiety disorders and depression can be very treatable with evidence-based therapy, medication, or both, but unfortunately, most people who have anxiety or depression do not receive treatment.

There are different types of diagnosable depression, but how a depression diagnosis differs from the emotion of sadness is that the feelings stay around for awhile and occur alongside other things like physical symptoms, negative thoughts, and sometimes thoughts about dying. This online screening can help to determine if you might be experiencing depression and should seek professional care.  

Anxiety is a normal, natural, and harmless emotion, but it, too, can develop into a condition that warrants treatment (i.e., an anxiety disorder). There are a number of different anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. Closely related disorders include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If you think you might have an anxiety disorder, this online screening can help you assess your thoughts and feelings to decide whether to get support from a mental health clinician. 

Anxiety disorders and depression are also common in college populations. In the ACHA National College Health Assessment Fall 2020 Survey, 31.4% of students reported in the last 12 months that anxiety negatively impacted their academic performance, and 23.1% reported that depression negatively impacted their academic performance. Unfortunately, in the Spring 2020 Healthy Minds Network Study, only 27% of students with depression or anxiety reported receiving treatment during the past year. 

Christie Campus Health provides a range of options for students who are experiencing anxiety or depression, including unlimited 24/7 clinical support, an online self-guided emotion training, in-person and telehealth  therapy, and psychiatric prescribing. For people who are not at one of the schools working with CCH, you can seek treatment for anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns, by searching on ADAA.org, Psychology Today, or by calling your doctor or health insurance provider.

About Christie Campus Health

At Christie Campus Health, we are dedicated to improving the behavioral health and wellbeing of college students by helping colleges and universities expand the way they reach and support students in need.  Our solution, CONNECT@College, offers a number of integrated components that provide a broad range of self-care and professional treatment options for students with varying behavioral health needs.

 

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