Feeling down or feeling sad is not the same thing as having depression. Depression occurs when sadness, or other patterns, are prolonged and have an impact on your daily life. Depression can be triggered by past or present events or circumstances. If you think you may be suffering from depression, contact the campus health team.
Some common symptoms of depression
Feeling sad or empty
Feel angry or irritable
Having difficulties in making decisions
Tearfulness for no obvious apparent reason
Disrupted sleep, feeling tired all the time
A disrupted appetite, comfort eating, loss of appetite
“Brain fog”, having difficulty concentrating, focusing, or studying
Feeling worthless, guilty, or ashamed
Feeling agitated and restless
Having poor self-esteem
Having suicidal thoughts / Self-harming
Feeling oppressed by social pressure / competitiveness
Tips & Techniques
Physical exercise provides endorphins in the brain, it can help to improve your mood. Training with others will provide you with social contact and less time to feel isolated and lonely.
Managing stress and reducing exposure to it can be helpful.
Having a healthy diet is important to improving your feelings of wellbeing.
Plan your daily or weekly activities to avoid doing nothing, to keep yourself occupied. Find a routine or purpose that suits you, participating in committee or having social contact with others.
Reduce or eliminate your consumption of alcohol or cigarettes.
Seek for counseling to understand better the “why” you feel depressed. A discussion can help to find the source or bring you a solution to cope with it.
Be easy and kind to yourself. Depression is not your fault. You are not responsible, so don’t feel guilty about it.