Seasonal Changes Ingite College Blues

SEASONAL CHANGE IGNITE COLLEGE BLUESSeasonal affect disorder sweeps the country. Colleges and universities announce the observation of sadness, lack of attendance, and the lack of class participation from the students. The change in the season brings about change in students.
With the changes in the season professors report the many eye-catching disturbances of the classroom throughout the campus. Campus blues can hit at any given time; when students feel a sense of hopelessness; suddenly college just isn’t as exciting as it was at enrollment time. Sleeping late during the am hours and not at all during the pm hours attacks the body in many ways. Emotionally, the students lose focus on classes and want to be left alone, feeling hopeless about life itself. Socially, friends and family seem to take the back seat in their lives, not knowing exactly how far to push the student. Physically the student may experience a breakdown in the body due to poor nutrition and a lack of rest, causing fatigue and pain.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, students report what they have in common. A few students identity that is to remain confidential give testimonies about their seasonal campus experiences. John says that during his junior year of college he felt exhausted and couldn’t finish assignments, he also drank “A LOT”. John couldn’t enjoy life like his friends did. Leah says that when she took on a part time job and started living off campus, her course work fell apart. She couldn’t concentrate or sleep, and was always irritable and angry. Marta says that she was always anxious and never had much confidence. College was harder than she expected, especially when her parents got a divorce. All she did was cry, sleep, and feel waves of panic.
Awareness is the first key to getting help with depression; it comes in many forms, just to name a few clinical depression, major depression, dysthymia, and manic depression also known a bipolar disorder. Symptoms of minor sadness, loss of appetite or an increase in the appetite, loss of daily interest, and lack of concentration are common symptoms and can be easily treated. More serious symptoms include major hopelessness, changes in one’s social life, severe fatigue, and even suicide. These symptoms are very serious and require treatment from a mental health care provider, counseling, and lots of support from family and friends. If students are aware of the different symptoms that they may experience, it becomes easier to ask for help.
Life on campus can be overwhelming and cause depression during difficult times in the lives of students. Students should never feel ashamed about being depressed. Often depression is caused by controlled and uncontrolled circumstances in one’s life, financial difficulty, family issues, chemical imbalances, genetic predispositions, the loss of loved ones, and tragedy. Depression is common by human nature and is not a sign of weakness.
Three different students, with three different personalities, during three different school years, share a common experience: “Depression”. College students require a great deal of support throughout their college years. Positive motivation plays a big part of college success, students must tell themselves that they are in different places of their lives, which calls for maturity, organization, proper nutrition, and exercise. Be good to yourself by making time for activities, hobbies, and just a little R&R.
ealthy lives encourage students that may recognize that they are experiencing symptoms of depression to immediately seek help by a health care professional. On or off campus counseling is an important step towards feeling better.


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