Self Help Resources.


Self Help

Below are links with suggestions and information for dealing with normal transitional stresses of college as well as some specific problems you or your friends may be dealing with. You will also find some online resources and some information about local support groups that are off-campus. Check back from time to time, as more helpful information may be added.

Please note that nothing listed here is meant to replace professional advice or care. If you are a Drew student, counseling services can be arranged by coming to the James A. McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. The McClintock Center is located next to Health Services in Holloway Annex. During the Academic year, our office hours are Monday – Friday from 9 am-Noon and 1 pm– 5 pm. For off-campus assistance, you may access our referral list.


Seasonal Affective Disorder, sometimes called winter blues, is a biologically based disturbance of mood that affects up to 5 million people in the northeastern United States. Common symptoms include increased sleep, increased appetite, weight gain, depressed mood, and low energy. It does not seem to be connected to the cold, but rather to the intensity of the light in the winter sky at northern latitudes.

You can do a trial of light therapy for SAD at the Counseling Center.



Online Sources of Information

America’s National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) has an excellent “fact sheet” on SAD:

Search “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD) and/or “Light Therapy” at

Medline Plus has a resource page with lots of good information as well as other links:

Interview from the Americal Psychological Association: