Are You a Depressed College Student?
Who sometimes just can’t go to class? … or do your work? Sometimes you can’t bring yourself to write the paper … or even do the reading. If last semester was awful, you hope this one will be better.
That you’ll get up. Get cleaned up. Eat some decent food.
It’s so hard to do when you don’t feel like doing anything. When you’re trying to pretend everything’s OK. When you don’t want anyone to know how bad it is, or how bad you feel.
College is supposed to be the best time of your life, right? And it feels like you’re screwing it all up. Maybe you’re wondering if you can even do it.
Should you withdraw? Take a medical leave …?
If you’re a parent, you may have agonized over what to do if you think your college student is depressed. Encourage them to stay? See a doctor on campus? Bring them home?
Too often … too late … the college or university decides what happens when you can’t function: they send you home on a medical leave of absence.
College Student Depression
Sometimes a young person graduates from high school and makes plans for college. Sometimes he’s excited about it. And that’s great!
But, sometimes he makes those plans because it’s expected. And he’s not up for the challenge. Depression or anxiety may have taken over his brain, and he’s just not functioning very well. Does that sound anything like you?
You may even pack up in Fall and move into the dorm. Your parents hope you’ll snap out of the subdued condition you’ve been in, and so do you. Your lack of energy, your sullenness, your tendency to stay by yourself all the time. And you just don’t feel like being around people, much less smiling. …How long has it been? I mean, since you smiled, or better yet, belly laughed?
Or … maybe you were fine until you got to the university and the heavy course load, the adjustment to roommates, dorm life and extracurricular activities, the overwhelming work… drove you into a corner that just got darker and darker…
If you’re depressed, or you’ve developed significant anxiety about school, social activities, grades, expectations, or maybe just trying to get caught up…you may have a tough time getting on your feet and moving forward without treatment.
Maybe, like some kids and teens, your symptoms started in childhood and you’ve had depression or bipolar disorder, or social anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and suicidal thinking from early in your childhood. Maybe you’ve tried not to wish you were dead, tried hard to push away suicidal thoughts without letting anyone really know. And maybe traditional treatments haven’t helped.
You may have been like this so long, your parents don’t understand and don’t know how to help. On the other hand, sometimes parents do all they can find to do but still… nothing helps or changes.
One thing is sure: depression and anxiety undermine your success in college. Without effective treatment, you’re set up to fail, to establish doomed academic habits, and even to cope in self-destructive ways.
A friend of mine, Bob Pollack, M.D. in Florida, recently published the story of a young college student who was the son of a Yale classmate back in his school days. This young man, named William, remembers loneliness and despair filling his childhood, rather than fun activities, friends, and sports.
He was reprimanded by teachers for being “out of control,” isolated from making friends, felt misunderstood by students, and generally alone.
He moved from school to school, because of a family move, or because the environment didn’t foster his best performance.
William was always alone when his depression was the worst. And lonely. He wasn’t one to speak to anyone.
Eventually, his dad contacted Dr. Pollack about IV ketamine treatment for William. Father and son flew to Florida for the series of infusions. The first day he felt woozy…until he ate some dinner, then felt better. Not a lot of change. But by the third infusion, he walked in, shook Dr. Pollack’s hand, and said, “Good morning.”
That’s when Dr. Pollack saw the treatment was taking hold.
Two weeks after the first treatment, William says he was “far less harsh” on himself and far less miserable. And it just got better from there.
William is back in college, and close to completing his degree. And so grateful for the treatment that gave him his life back. He now says with conviction that brighter days are ahead for those in darkness. He now knows there is hope for the future.
What Do You Do When You’re a Depressed College Student?
You need to get better. Fast. You need something to work.
Before you lose more time, lose credit, miss out on an internship, or put off taking the LSAT or the GRE.
Because not doing well heaps guilt on you, intensifies hopelessness, and tears down your confidence on top of depression. If treatment hasn’t worked or if what you’re doing now isn’t working, reach out for help.
IV Ketamine Treatment treats depression, anxiety, bipolar depression, social anxiety PTSD, and OCD — and it’s extraordinarily effective even when nothing else has worked. It can stop your suicidal thinking in an afternoon. If you’re depressed, you’ve got an 80% chance that it will work — and there are genetic and clinical factors that can boost that chance even higher. Eighty percent.
Better odds than anything else we’ve got.
We’ve never had anything like this in your lifetime.
Ketamine Treatment Can Prevent Medical Leave of Absence from College
Ketamine was developed in the late ’60’s as an anesthesia medicine used in surgery, emergency rooms, and war zones. It’s been used safely for more than 50 years among all ages, from the very young to the very old. But is it a safe treatment to offer to college students? Because of course, people know it — and have abused it in massive doses — as “Special K” on the street.
When we use IV ketamine treatment for depression, a much tinier dose is used than is ever required for anesthesia. We administer it with a state-of-the-art infusion pump to ensure precision delivery to the delicate brain systems involved in mood regulation.
Very quickly, the synapses and dendrites in the connections of your brain cells begin to grow, flourish, branch, and become healthy and abundant. When that happens, signals begin traveling through your brain in higher numbers and at faster rates.
And that brings your brain to life. You can concentrate. (Which means you can go to class, read, study for exams.) You feel optimistic, motivated, hopeful, with new initiative and resilience. Creativity blooms again. Your ability to enjoy your relationships, your studies, and your life grows like a blue ribbon garden.
Ketamine treatment can prevent you from having to take a medical leave of absence from college — or help you come back from a medical leave — if you suffer from treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and suicidal thinking. It can help you restore and have the resilience to continue toward your goals. Because it works fast. A special task force of the American Psychiatry Association called it rapid and robust.
If you’re a college student who’s suffering from suicidal thoughts, or worse … if you’re making a deadly plan no one knows about … IV ketamine treatment can stop those thoughts in minutes or hours. And you’ll feel relieved. Hopeful.
Traditional antidepressants take weeks or months. Time is precious when you’re desperate.
We’re dedicated to treating the sickest of the sick, those suffering the most from psychiatric mood disorders like severe depression, crippling anxiety, the worst cases of bipolar disorder, disabling PTSD, shackle-laden OCD, and critical life-threatening suicidal thinking. We provide IV ketamine treatment, TMS, nutritional guidance using curcumin and microbiome support, among others.
Please understand that IV ketamine treatment isn’t for everyone. We will evaluate you carefully to determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine treatment or another advanced treatment option — and if you are, we won’t waste time.
We have a special place in our hearts for college students.
And we’ll work with your doctor and therapist so that when you’re done with treatment, you can launch your life.
You can experience relief, restoration, remission.
When getting well matters, and you don’t have time… or a semester… to lose … if you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, or suicidal thinking, and you haven’t been helped by traditional antidepressant treatments, call us.
At Innovative Psychiatry, we’re here to help you with expertly administered, advanced treatment options by a seasoned psychiatrist with deep expertise from Wellesley, Hopkins, Harvard, and Yale. We get college. We know how important it is.
And we’re here to help you flourish there.
To the restoration of your best self,
Lori Calabrese, MD