Believe it or not stress and anxiety can be a good thing. If you’re worried about your electricity being turned off, you’ll likely pay your utility bill on time. If you’re worried about passing your classes, you’ll likely put in some study time.
However, sometimes fear and anxiety go past normal levels and people have trouble coping. Helping people who experience overwhelming levels of fear and anxiety is the focus of National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2009.
Freedom from Fear, a national non-profit mental health advocacy organization, sponsors the week and urges anyone experiencing debilitating anxiety or depression to seek help. The organization’s Web site can be found at www.freedomfromfear.org and their toll free number is 1-888-442-2022.
Resources for SDSU students include Student Health and Counseling Services which offers by-appointment and crisis counseling. Their offices are located in the Wellness Center or call (605) 688-6146.
National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, coincides with finals week at SDSU. If you’re in the library studying, check out a display on this issue located in the hallway to your right when you come in the door.
If you need more information about depression or anxiety, you will find hundreds of relevant books in the Briggs Library catalog. In addition, thousands of relevant magazine and journal articles can be found using databases listed on the library research databases page. EBSCOhost Megafile and ProQuest will each provide a great selection of both magazine articles written for the general public and scholarly research articles written for more scientific purposes. For even more comprehensive scientific coverage, PsycINFO and Medline would be excellent choices. You will find that digital versions of many of the articles will be available from these databases.
Best wishes to all students for a healthy and successful finals week.
Information Services Librarian