Feeling depressed at University
Becoming depressed at Uni is common. You're NOT alone. It isn't easy being away from family and friends, plus you have a heavy workload. It can often leave you feeling down. It's when those feelings persist that it may be a sign of depression. Look out for symptoms such as low self-esteem, lacking energy and difficulty sleeping.
A symptom like lack of concentration can seem huge. It can have a real impact on your ability to study and revise. Don't be afraid to talk to your teachers about it. Sometimes they may be able to extend deadlines, offer extra support and you may be entitled to free counselling sessions too.
It also might be worth talking to your family and friends about how you feel. Remember they know you for you. Those who care about you will accept you for who you are and also try to lift your mood. As DR Seuss said 'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.'
Of course telling your loved ones isn't always easy. It can be very overwhelming. You may feel like locking yourself away. This is normal but not healthy. Try and take manageable steps. Maybe see them on a 1-1 basis, so you're not overwhelmed by a huge group.
Remember that whoever you talk to, whether it is family, friends, GP, university teacher/counsellor - the important thing to recognise is that you have support.
Depression can make you feel alone but you are not.
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