Depression among college students often results from a lack of sleep, bad eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. Besides, academic, financial, and social pressure are enough to drive many students to the verge of quitting school and even committing suicide.
What is college depression?
Depression is a type of mood disorders. It is characterized as a feeling of sadness and loss of interest that persist. College depression is not a scientific term. It is simply depression occurring during college.
What are the signs of college depression?
College students may feel sad or anxious from time to time. But these feelings usually go away by their own after a while. Depression, on the other hand, has a negative impact on the way a person feels, thinks, and acts. Signs and symptoms of college depression include:
+ Sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness
+ Bad temper and irritability
+ Sudden loss of interest in everything, even old hobbies and sports
+ Changes in sleep patterns (too much or too little sleep)
+ Lack of energy and fatigue
+ Reduced appetite and weight loss or the opposite in some cases
+ Restlessness and anxiety
+ Troubles in concentrating
+ Memory problems
+ Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
+ Unexplained physical pains
+ A sense of worthlessness and guilt
+ Slow thinking (Reduced processing speed)
+ Academic troubles that are usually considering previous performance
What parents can do about college depression?
It is hard to know if your child is having college depression, especially if they do not live with you. College students themselves also have problems with seeking help because it might make them embarrassed or excluded. If you think your child is suffering from college depression, it is important to talk with them and listen attentively to figure out what is going on. Ask your child to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Depression does not get better by itself. If left untreated for a long time, it will even get worse. Depression is the culprit behind academic failures, drug abuse, alcohol addiction, unprotected sex, and suicide.
How to prevent college depression?
Sadly, there is no way to prevent college depression from happening. Nevertheless, you can lower your child’s risk of getting it by helping them get used to the college life before hand to make the transition easier. Let your child know that it is okay to talk about their feelings and troubles. Encourage them to talk to you, or the school counselors when they need help. If your child has a history of depression, take that into consideration when choosing colleges. A college close to home or a small one may be less tough.
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