UB to Offer Program On Coping With Depression

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: May 13, 1998

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A treatment program to help individuals learn how to recognize and cope with depression will be offered this summer through the Psychological Services Center at the University at Buffalo.

The program will be conducted in groups of five to eight participants ages 18 and older. Groups will meet for two hours once a week for 12 weeks. The registration deadline is June 15. The first session is set for the first week in July.

The goals of the "Coping With Depression" program are to teach participants how to identify and change negative thought and behavior patterns that can contribute to depression.

Changes in appetite and sleep habits, and a sense of worthlessness or guilt can be signs of depression, according to John Roberts, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology.

"Everyone has problems or situations which make them occasionally feel 'down,'" says Roberts.

He says the program has been helpful for those who find these feelings or signs are interfering with their normal interest in life activities.

For further information or to enroll in the program, call the Psychological Services Center at 645-3697. The center is located in Park Hall on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.