One of 10 Dillard students stressed, wellness chief estimates

More than 10 percent of Dillard’sstudent body used campusnursing last year for symptoms ofstress and/or depression, BehavioralHealth and Wellness CenterDirector Betty S. Brown estimatedrecently.Dillard’s fall Family Health Fairin Kabacoff Quadrangle includeda booth on how to manage stressproperly. The Louisiana Spirit HurricaneRecovery Program, createdpost-Katrina, handed out pamphletsto let people know wherethey can receive free professionalhelp.Louisiana Spirit supports individuals,families and groups withits 24-hour hot line at (800) 273-TALK. It connects residents anddiagnostic services, therapy, psychiatrictreatment, substance abusetreatment and provides informationabout medications that canhelp.One of the most commonmental illnesses, depression affectspeople of all ages, races and ethnicgroups. Brown said freshmen andseniors appear to be most affectedon campus.Freshmen tend to be homesickas they try to adjust to a new cityand greater academic demands,Brown said. On the other hand,she added, seniors face the stressof trying to complete course requirementsto graduate and fill outjob or graduate school applicationsat the last minute.The Center has offered assistanceto students with a wide rangeof worries that are making them ill,from academic and financial stressesto alcohol issues to abuse.How does a person know heor she is getting depressed? Symptomsinclude: moodiness, fatigue,sleeping too much or not at all,irritability, jumpiness or nervousness,anger, drinking too much,avoiding people, having thoughtsof suicide.While medications are availableto treat depression, other tips include:• Exercise regularly.• Improve your diet by eatingmore fruits and vegetables andless fat.• Eliminate or decreaseintake of sugar, caffeine and alcohol.• Take deep breaths, focusingon something less emotionallycharged.• Use positive self-talk.