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 Service provides general medical clinic services to students at the University of Minnesota Morris. Health Service 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 Service 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. Behavioral Medicine at SCMC provides a wide range of mental health services, including psychiatric assessment and medication management. 320-589-1313.
The links below connect to information about specific medications, including medication handouts as well as to information available on drug manufacturer’s websites (when available). Manufacturer information is provided as a courtesy and should not be interpreted as an endorsement of, or advertising for, a specific product.
The University of Minnesota, Morris Student Counseling Office and Health Service Office have partnered with Boynton Health to offer psychiatric services to Fee Paying Students of the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Psychiatric Care is provided by Boynton Health's Mental Health Clinic, and facilitated by Health Services at UMM where the appointments take place over the computer.
The psychiatrist who sees UMM students is a board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Steve Hermann.
If you feel this service would be appropriate for you, please discuss with your counselor in Student Counseling or with Health Service staff.