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Depression in the college population: An E-S-A approach to primary prevention

Lazenby, Ramona Browder EdD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000392795.24631.5b
Feature: MENTAL HEALTH

Nurse practitioners working on college campuses are vital to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of depression. Every year, untreated depression results in school failure, social isolation, promiscuity, self-medication with drugs and alcohol, and suicide. On a college campus, collaboration between the student health clinic and the counseling center is an optimal approach to preventive counseling and treatment for depression.

NPs working on college campuses are vital to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of depression. Every year untreated depression results in school failure, social isolation, promiscuity, self-medication with drugs and alcohol, and suicide. On a college campus, collaboration between the student health clinic and the counseling center is an optimal approach to preventive counseling and treatment for depression.

Ramona Browder Lazenby is a professor and associate dean of nursing at Auburn Montgomery School of Nursing, Montgomery, Ala.

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