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College can be a liberating time when you are coming into your own independence. Having the freedom to make your own schedule and choose your classes based on your interests is a wonderful feeling for many people.
You’ve been under your parent’s roof for the past 18 years and now you’re going to learn how to take care of yourself from small things like doing laundry to larger concerns like managing your mental health which can sometimes be scary, but learning how to work on these things early on is so helpful in living a happy life.
One of the most common problems that college students struggle with is depression. This could be due to a multitude of reasons, but some of them include: being away from home and familiar surroundings, feeling socially isolated, and not knowing what they want to do with their lives.
It’s hard to go to college in a different state and be away from your family and friends. Many times when you go to college you’re away from high school friends or even your closest childhood friends.
It’s normal to feel sad when you’re adjusting to a new environment, but when that sadness feels unmanageable it’s important for your mental health to seek help.
Depression can creep up on you and cause you to feel like you can’t get out of bed, can’t eat, or can’t function. That’s depression at its worst and you don’t have to let it take over.
There are resources within most universities and colleges where you can find mental health services. We have a group called the Cougar Counseling Team that allows for students to speak with peers in confidentiality about anything going on with their lives.
For your school it could be a variety of things, such as a health center or a dedicated mental health clinic on campus. It’s likely that you can find a counselor who can help you. If you can’t, you might be thinking, where can I find someone who understands? Is there a therapist near me? There is someone who can help you get through even the darkest period of your life.
People often discount teenagers and college-aged people as dramatic or immature. They assume that young adults don’t deal with severe mental health issues.
In reality, college is a time where young people can struggle and are dangerously prone to depression. Academic pressure can put a strain on college students’ mental health. When you’re striving to achieve success in your courses, and you can’t seem to get certain subjects, that can feel frustrating and lead to feelings of inadequacy.
How do you fight depression in college? Don’t keep your feelings inside.
Talk to your friends and support system. If you’re having trouble making friends, seek out groups or clubs where you have a common interest with people.
Maybe you’re into writing, join a writer’s group, perhaps you love to knit, form knitting circle! If you’re having difficulty finding ways to connect with peers, and it’s causing you to feel down, and even depressed, don’t ignore these symptoms!
Contact a mental health professional. You don’t need to suffer alone when there are people out there who want to help you. Ask someone at your school’s health center or even in the administrative office if there are mental health resources they can recommend. There’s no shame in seeking out ways to help yourself get well.
Thanks so much for reading guys! Let me know how you decrease signs of depression in college or how you have helped a loved one in their time of need. Happy Tuesday!