How to Cope with Depression at University

Going off to college, school, or university is an exciting, scary, and trying time in a student’s life. This is where the future really begins; school activities schedule to consider, new campus to tour and figure out, new classes to attend, etc. There are also the new friends on the horizon, social networks in the dorms, daily challenges to make or break your confidence as a new adult. The thrill of it all is quite rewarding. On top of that, you are completely cut off from your family and friends that you’ve had most, if not all, your life. The decisions parents made in your day to day living now falls on your shoulders. No life line in sight. Now what?

Depression can easily become a major factor in one’s life while away from familiar surroundings. Moodiness, fatigue, loneliness, heartsickness, and homesickness can be symptomatic triggers to look for when dealing with depression. The first signs of this mild form of sadness are usually overlooked, but keep them in mind and watch for more intensive reactors such as constant crying, thoughts of quitting or suicide, and feelings of hopelessness.

The good news is; there are lines of help everywhere; at school, in the community, and at your job. What lines of help are there one asks in this position for the first time. This article takes a look at a few suggestions that can be of great help to you.

The university campus is extensive in resources. From the beginning of its doors opening to now, most campus’ have experience some form of crisis in a student’s life. Guess that makes them expert in student safety and help. Go to the student advisor, he or she should be able to get the student in direct contact with someone who can help, or the very least, the name of a department to assist the freshman student. This is their job. College deans, campus infirmary, and the chapel are there to help all students, not just the newcomers. 

 The community helps support the university with not only funds and attendance, but the better of the deal, is the assistance they provide to new members of the community. A good church environment is paramount in many lives of a university co-ed. The fellowship it offers, the guidance of a good Young Adult class, because they like the newcomer have been through it or are going through it themselves.  Let’s not forget the pastor of the congregation. He or she has many pools of resources at their disposal.

On the job leads provide a great starting place for comfort to all new employees. Be aware of safety first. Who are the coworkers? Where do they come from? What is most important to them as a friend and ethics? The main goal as with all the above suggestions and advice is to find someone most like you.  

How can a student cope with the symptoms of depression if not using the above suggestions? Coping skills play a major role for battling depression without medications.

Seeking advice from a professional—if the depression symptoms worsen over time—is one line of effective treatment for a student. Talking it out with a friend helps wonders.

Phone calls home can easily provide a quick cure from homesickness and relieve large amounts of pressure. Subscribe to the on-line newsletter from your city’s newspaper and keep abreast of the happenings in your town.

A positive attitude always makes things easier to take. Remember, going off to school can be an adventure, guided by the helpful programs from the school or community. The school chose you because of your talent, your grades, and they liked you from the beginning. Have fun, dream large, and hope for the better of man and woman.