External vs Internal: College Depression


Many students find that when they go to college, that college is out of state or out of the country. Meaning that for many, going to college is the first time that they will live by themselves. The stress coming from classes, school life or being homesick all combine and place themselves in the student leaving them sad, anxious, lonely or overwhelmed. This leads the student unable to function properly in day to day lives.

What is Depression?

Major Depressive Disorder more commonly known as depression is a medical condition that leaves a persistent feeling of sadness and dread as well as a loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and can potentially lead to both physical and mental problems. Depression can affect a student’s ability to work, study, interact with peers, or take care of themselves.

Percentage of students with depression (American Psychological Association)

How do you know someone has depression

Symptoms of depression may include difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, appetite changes, withdrawing from participating in activities once enjoyed, feelings of sadness, hopelessness, unhappiness, and difficulty concentrating on school work. You can also have slowed movements or thinking, random outbursts as well as unexplained physical pains. Symptoms of depression can also lead to thoughts of suicide.

A survey that can help you figure out if you are showing signs of depression

What are Some Solutions?

Depression is a serious illness, but luckily a treatable one. Exercising has countless physical benefits like the strengthening of your heart as well as lowering blood pressure and improving your strength, but has also been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Many colleges have gyms that have treadmills and bikes and weights as well as pools and basketball courts. Another would be to improve your sleep habits. While studying for a test or hanging out with friends is important, sleeping is critical towards mental health. Finally, try to limit drug and alcohol use. Many students turn to drugs and alcohol in hopes of prying their mind away from things, however, it is shown that there are negative impacts towards the consumption of drugs and alcohol on students that are struggling and is better if reduced.

There are many hotlines available that have operators on standby 24/7, that are amazing tools for you to convey your current feelings and have someone to talk too. You can keep your identity anonymous, should you choose so it is perfect just to talk without any judgment. There are also clinics that have specialists who can help. There are certain medications that help with depression and anxiety.

Social interactions are also very important as a solution to depression. Whether you or someone else may have symptoms of depression, it is important to keep connections with those close to you. If you know someone close to you that is or potentially suffering from depression or anxiety. Make efforts towards connecting with them, even if its just a conversation, social interactions go a long way.


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  1. April 26, 2019 by logan

    I really liked how easy your page was to follow! Depression, especially among young adults, is a serious issue and so many suffer, so I’m glad that you’re able to provide some insight into it.

  2. April 28, 2019 by Kristina Peterson

    I am glad you mentioned going to college as a time that can be disorienting. We work so hard for the goal and so to not be ‘happy’ there seems as though it does not fit. You explained well why it may be challenging.

  3. April 29, 2019 by Kirsten.Mettler

    I think the idea of your project is super interesting. I am going to Stanford next year, and there they talk about this idea of duck syndrome (kids look fine above the surface, but underwater they are paddling to survive). I think a lot of colleges have this problem. Kids want to seem fine even when they aren’t. It is crucial to teach kids that depression/anxiety is not a sign of weakness.

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