Nowadays, the weather is getting a bit chilly. In this kind of weather, feeling melancholy is a matter of time. Did you know that one out of ten average Korean adults is diagnosed with serious depression that has to be treated and cured? According to the same research, however, the number of persons who actually seek or get treatment is lower than 10% of the total number. As we can see, our society isn’t aware of the seriousness of depression, so get a firm grip of the CBNU Globe and let’s read more about depression.
How Much Do You Know about Depression?
1. What Is It?
The main symptoms of depression are a gloomy feeling and decline in enthusiasm that causes various other symptoms in recognition and mental health.
2. I’m SAD
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a disease that eight million Koreans have. General depression and SAD have the same main symptoms, such as fatigue. However, SAD makes a person eat a lot more. According to Samsung Hospital, the months with less sunshine are responsible for more depression patients, so it usually emerges in winter. When winter comes, people feel blue and eat lots of snacks, which makes them gain weight.
Fun Facts about Depression
1. University Students and Depression
The recent statistics on the reasons behind depression in college students show us that relationship problems are the most stressful thing to solve. After finishing the competitive high school atmosphere, people in their 20’s get into the world of college freedom. However, some of the students can’t adapt to the abrupt abandonment of previous relationships, which makes them feel depressed. In addition, people in their 20’s start to experience the sometimes harsh social atmosphere by working part-time jobs and meeting new people in their daily lives.
2. Three Misunderstandings about Depression
① Depression is the same as sadness?
Severe sadness can be one of the symptoms of depression, but it is not same. Sadness can be referred to as a mood that just passes by. However, depression makes you feel much more diverse feelings than just sadness.
② Suffering from depression means weak mental strength?
There can be many different causes to depression. Having depression doesn’t mean that necessarily one has a weak mental strength. On the contrary, the people who have to keep facing this disease are the ones who have strong mental strength.
③ Depression only has psychological symptoms?
Many people think that depression only affects the mental side of one’s body. However, this is not true. Depression brings fatigue, insomnia, severe changes in appetite, persistent muscle pain, and other physical symptoms.
Self-Diagnosis Test for Depression
1. Feeling depressed
2. Loss of interest and happiness
3. Increased tiredness and activity
4. Lack of concentration
5. Lack of self-respect and self-regard
6. Feeling sense of guilt and being unneeded
7. Seeing the future bleakly and critically
8. Thinking of hurting yourself or suicide
9. Have sleeping disorders like insomnia
10. Loss of appetite
- Made by World Health Organization(WHO)
If you are experiencing two symptoms among ①-③ and, at the same time, among ④-⑩, you need help from a professional.
Step by Step: Fighting back Depression!
- Step One, Eat Smart!
According to the Netherlands Leiden University Research Team, fermented food such as Greek yogurt, kefir, and kimchi gives us happiness. In addition, they said drinking coffee in the morning is related to energy production and happiness. Also, women drinking two to three cups of coffee every day have 15% less probability to suffer depression than women who drink less than one cup of coffee. Also, dark chocolate makes stress level drop.
- Step Two, Follow This!
1. Exercise more than three times a week.
2. Eat three meals a day. Avoid instant food.
3. Enjoy warm sunshine.
4. Avoid alcohol. Reduce intake of caffeine.
5. Hang out with lots of people.
6. Do your own hobby.
- Step Three, Listen to Music!
① “I’ll be at your side” by Coffee Boy: “I’ll be at your side. I’ll tell you it is ok. You’ll succeed and shine. You are precious to me...”
② “Let’s walk together” by Lee Jeok: “Where is it? Where am I going? I’m asking someone but there is no answer. I stand up and hike the mountain...”
① “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly: “I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. I think about it every night and day. Spread my wings and fly away. I believe I can soar. I see me running through that open door...”
② “You Raise Me Up” by Westlife: “You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains. You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas. I am strong, when I am on your shoulders. You raise me up... To more than I can be...”
CBNU Happy Center
1) CBNU Happy Center
CBNU Happy Center was opened to intervene in CBNU member’s happiness and quality of life. CBNU Happy Center is the nation’s first mental health counseling center in a college.
2) How to Use CBNU Happy Center Counseling
When Counseling time: Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 18:00
Where 2nd Floor, First Student Hall
Who It’s free for CBNU students and professors (except for graduates)
How ① Counseling registration: You can register by calling, visiting, or e-mailing.
- Phone number: 219-5301; Address: 2nd Floor, First Student Hall, Web address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- When you register by e-mail, you have to download the counseling application form from the homepage (happycenter.jbnu.ac.kr) and attach it to the message.
② Reservation is made after discussing the counseling schedule
③ Counseling progression: Five times with professional counseling (50 to 90 min) after initial counseling (50 to 90 min)
④ Finish and assessment
As you can see, depression is a serious disease. Therefore, it’s best that we prevent it well and make sure to live a mentally and physically healthy life. Here is a saying by Christian D. Larson: “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”