Depression in College
- New living arrangements
- The need to monitor your schedule and tend to needs (food, laundry, sleep)
- Academic pressure
- New financial responsibilities
- Changes in relationships with family and friends
- Growing pressures from new relationships, both platonic and romantic
- Sexual identity
- Concerns about life after graduation
Adjusting to College Life
- Make plans for the day. This will help you get organized and feel like you have some control over your work.
- Do your best to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Fatigue can lead to depression.
- Get involved in activities, whether it be an environmental group or sports. Exercise can help to relieve the symptoms of depression.
- Share your feelings with friends. This will help you feel more at ease in your new environment.
- Try different relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation.
- Do something just for you.
Knowing the Signs
- A persistent sad, anxious, and/or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Loss of interest in hobbies you used to enjoy
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Trouble concentrating, remembering, and/or making decisions
- Insomnia, early morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Restlessness and/or irritability