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Depression In College Students

Kenneth Said:

Are there any college students out there who suffer from severe depression?

We Answered:

I am a FT University Student, I work in a practicum environment for health, with all from neonatals, to the palliative care and even in the morgue! It can be depressing, but that's life! It's not a perfect world, never has been, and is likely to get worse? So, adjust, set goals, be productive or stay busy and move forward. I see nothing wrong with consulting a counselor and taking mild prescription remedies such as Propranolol for worry/anxiety, and Mirtazapine for depression. Avoid SSRI's and SSNRI's.

I know you feel like you are dumped on, but put yourself in others' places. Their lives aren't always the greatest, and sometimes they just react or cope differently by hating themselves and others, and becoming bullies, and persecutors. Don't let others' problems influence or control you.

I'll be honest, you have to face up to the realities of life, even though you are intelligent and introspective and know more about life than most. These intellectuals are often the worst adjusted people, like Freud, the Hemingways and Van Gogh.

You are being too self-indulgent, wallowing in your misery, and enabling yourself and those around you to fail. Sounds tough, but that's what it is. Get treatment, and get out of despair and go out there!

Think of the future as being good, though the world may falter, you may prosper. Love your wife and prioritize for her as well as yourself, go buy that Camaro or a Boss 302, praise God and have some fun!

David Said:

I want a way out from anxiety and depression that consume college students.?

We Answered:

Get your nose of a book, look around you and realize that employers don't look at gpa's. It doesn't matter if you have a 4.0, just that you complete your degree. And spend time with friends, talking about your anxieties and concerns. They are the best support group you can have. Relax and enjoy college.

Allen Said:

Why are more college students more depressed now? Why would this kid still say he's worthless after graduating?

We Answered:

Well, think about this...

Back then, all you needed to get a good job was a high school degree. Today, a college degree of any level isn't good enough for even a decent job.

Margie Said:

Best way to seek help with depression as a college student?

We Answered:

You are in college?

Your college/university should have a counseling center where you can get help for FREE. Look at the website and find it. Call and make an appointment.

Barbara Said:

Why are college students depressed more now? Is it mainly the social aspect? academic aspect?

We Answered:

I think it's because college spend a lot of time recruiting students, but not that much time actually trying to keep them there. This is especially true of schools that lack diversity and try to recruit minorities. Before you even apply, they send letters, pamphlets, fliers, key chains, even current students to convince you that this is the best school for you. But once you get there, you often have to figure out everything on your own.

I also think it's because high school is usually not preparation for college. High school is something you do because you have to. The expectations are so much higher once you get to college, but many students don't realize that. They come in, assuming that they can half-*** their way through college like they did in high school. By time they realize this won't work, it is already too late.

What helped me adjust to college was a summer program that I did right before I started college. I'm part of a scholarship program, so I spent about 2 months at the college with all the other newly accepted scholarship students. We bonded, took classes together, lived on the campus, learned how to study. It really prepared me for freshman year, as I already knew quite a few people, was familiar with the campus and had learned what it takes to succeed at college (none of which I learned in high school).

While an entire summer program may not be feasible for the whole freshman class, I do think that there needs to be more mentoring for freshmen. Advisers need to do more than tell students which classes to sign up for. Peer mentoring programs need to be formed and well advertised. Orientation needs to emphasize what resources are available to students so they know where to go when they are feeling depressed. And this spirit of helping the freshmen adjust needs to continue through the whole school year, not just the first week or two.

Jean Said:

Why is the depression rate higher now for college students? Do you think it's the students who move alone?

We Answered:

Personally, it's a lot of different things. The stress of classes and trying to balance everything. The need to excel and do well, because if you don't you have no future. Worrying about money and how I am going to keep paying for school and be able to buy groceries to eat. Homesickness and missing my family and the life I had before. Trying to transition into a new environment. Trying to make friends and meet people and have a life outside of classes, while still worrying if not dedicating everything to classes will hurt my grades and GPA.

These are all of the things that have contributed to my depression while at school. But it's different for everyone. Not all things affect people the same way, and people go through different things that could contribute to depression.

Derek Said:

College student in depression..PLEASE PLEASE READ AND HELP!!!?

We Answered:

Change it! I know this my sound rude, but the only thing you can do is change it. You might ask how, but it is up to you. Life is what you make it, your everyday routine is what you decided it would be like. Ger new friends, go to a club or social events to meet new people. May be get a job at another places where the employees are younger. Do you have any relative around your age? Ask them to go to the movies with you or something. Try to do everything in your power to change it. I know it's going to be hard, especially when people regret you but you need to find something to motivate you. Find your passion in life. What's your major? Find something related to it. I'm a sophomore who wants to become a doctor, so I'm volunteering at the children hospital this summer (I have plenty of friends within the staff and lil kids that make me smile). Just find something that you want/would like to do and do it! if you are a religious person pray to your god and that might help as well. You are so young and you don't want to waste your years sitting around. Just imagine ten years from now: do you want to be siting in a couch and think of what would have been? or do you want to say I did what I wanted to do? Use that as motivation.

Best wishes and Good luck

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