Know the Signs: Why You Should Know What the Signs of Depression Are and What to do About Them


As midterms quickly approach and the weight of schedules and classes really start to press upon us, Colleg Times thought it was important to take the time to go over the signs of stress and depression and remind everyone how they can help themselves and their friends.

It may sound cheesy and redundant, but we truly feel that this information can never be said—or read—enough. You never know whose life you may save with just a smile and “How are you doing today?”

It’s more and more difficult to look up from our phone or computers, make eye contact and have a human interaction. Our patience levels continue to go down and our self-centeredness continues to rise. However, you really never know what is going on in another person’s life until you walk in their shoes.

We spoke with Aaron Krasnow, Ph.D., the associate vice president of ASU Counseling Services and Health Services about the signs of stress and depression and what we, as sufferers or friends, can do to help.

There is no doubt that college is stressful. We’re often juggling four or more classes, a job or two, internships, friends and family, all while trying to eat and sleep a healthy amount. But at what point is it too much stress?

Krasnow says, “Stress is a normal part of all our lives. When stress interferes with our life by creating negative thoughts, feelings, or behaviors then it is time to reach out for help. If someone notices something different in themselves or someone else and that difference is distressing or causes problems, it is a suresign that stress may be having a negative impact.”

So how do we know what to do when we feel that stress may be having a negative impact?

According to Krasnow, “Reaching out for help can be difficult. Even though most people under significant stress want help, many are concerned that they will be rejected for asking for help. What we know is that contrary to our fears about asking for help, most people will help us if we are in need.”

Now what if it is a friend or acquaintance that we start to worry about? What if they get upset or offended that we bring it up? What if they laugh at us? Krasnow and the ASU Counseling Services have advice for that situation too. More info here:

“Similarly, when we recognize someone we know is experiencing significant stress, we may be worried about asking if they want or need help. In this case, as in seeking help for ourselves, most people respond well to being offered help. Sometimes they’ll take the help right away, or sometimes it plants a positive seed in their mind so that they know help is there when they want it. We encourage anyone who recognized signs of significant stress or symptoms of anxiety or depression to seek professional help. ASU offers confidential mental health and counseling services to students throughout its four campus locations. Counselors are available in person and over the phone, no appointment necessary.”

EMPACT’s 24-hour ASU-dedicated Crisis Line: 480.921.1006
For more information about ASU services:
Downtown Phoenix: 602.496.1155
Polytechnic: 480.727.1255
Tempe: 480.965.6146
West: 602.543.8125

American Psychological Association:
National Institute of Mental Health:
24-Hour National Crisis Hotline: 1.800.273.8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
Maricopa County Suicide/Crisis Hotline: 1.800.631.1314 or 602.222.9444
Crisis Response Network:, 1.800.327.9254, 602.347.1100



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