Treatment with Medication
Medications are one approach to treatment for mental health issues. However, response to medication is generally best when combined with counseling or therapy. Medications have been shown to be effective for common issues encountered in college and university students including depression, anxiety and worry, obsessions and compulsions, anxiety/panic attacks, social anxiety, mood fluctuations, irritability, inattention, sleep disturbance, and unusual thought patterns, as well as other problems.
Choosing to take medication
Students and/or their parents are sometimes reluctant to consider medication options. Often this is due to a misunderstanding of the biological contribution to mental illness and/or how these medications work. For example, many are under the misunderstanding that antidepressant medications produce an artificial happiness or are addicting. This page offers information about medications used for treating emotional and cognitive problems to assist the student in making an informed decision about whether this is an option that they would like to pursue.
Where medication treatment is offered on campus
Health Services provides general medical clinic services to students at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Health Services is an option if a student is experiencing their first bout of anxiety, depression or sleep disturbance, are already responding well to a medication and requires refills, or desires to resume a previously effective medication. Health Services will be able to refer students to community resources for more complex mental health needs. Gay Hall, Lower Level, East Entrance. 320-589-6070
Where medication treatment is offered in the community
Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC) is a fully-integrated health care delivery system. The Life Center at SCMC provides a wide range of mental health services, including psychatric assessment and medication management. 320-589-1313