How do I overcome depression in college?
Depression in college is often triggered by stress and demanding schedules. Many students become depressed for the first time in their lives, so they don't immediately recognize it as depression. As students leave home, have strict study demands, and generally have greater freedom, depression sets in.
Being in a state of denial will more than likely extenuate the depression. After the student has accepted the fact that depression exists, he or she should seek help from a mentor, school counselor, heath care professional, or church leader to discover what underlying thoughts or feelings may exist.
Psychologists say that depression is often caused by regressed or inward anger. They suggest examining motives and attitudes to discover what is causing the anxiety or depression.
Consider this personal story from a college student:
"During college, I have found myself depressed several times. I have been working on my degree for several years and this has made me angry with myself for not completing it sooner. Jealousy has also caused my depression in college. I have friends who have graduated and are now successful employed and this makes me want to quit school.
"I encourage you to reevaluate your plan or reason for going to college. Are you going for the right reasons? Do you feel called to go to college? Are you going to college and taking classes that match your gifts and talents? If not, this may be the cause of your depression. I was plagued with depression until I found some uniformity and balance in life and a major that would match my talents.
"How do I overcome depression in college? I have learned to keep a balance in my life. I don't isolate myself, but instead I try to regularly see my friends and family. I schedule fun things into my calendar. Also, instead of focusing on my depression, I try to focus on graduating and putting energy into studying. I have learned to look to God for my value and worth. I have to trust and rely on Him to provide meaning and purpose in my life."
Read a Personal Story About Depression.
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