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College is supposed to be a happy time filled with growth and new experiences. But what happens when you don’t feel quite the way that you should?

Learning to coexist

The truth is, there’s no real way that you’re supposed to be feeling. Moving away from home, making new friends, and learning to be self-sufficient are all very difficult and emotional things that tend to be glamorized in the media. Truthfully, its very difficult to enter a new stage of life, especially when you’re battling depression and other mental illnesses. Depression tends to sneak up on you, and you already feel like you’re drowning before you realize you need help. One day you feel normal, and the next day you can’t even get out of bed. This becomes especially hard when you have classes and other extracurricular activities. However, this is not the end all-be all of your college experience. Here are a few ways to get help and eventually learn to coexist peacefully with your depression.

Telemedicine

Many campuses offer free therapy and mental health services to students. This is usually located on campus which is more convenient than having to do telemedicine or leave campus for an appointment. The best way to take advantage of these services is typically to get in touch with your student health center, or look on your colleges website for more information. If you already have a therapist, consider asking about telemedicine if leaving campus becomes too difficult.

Is Being Alone a Bad Thing?

Many people find that being around others is helpful when managing depression, and this may be true, however Ive found that its often just a distraction from the root of the problem. One of the most important lessons that you can learn is how to be alone, happily.

Find a Hobby

Picking up a hobby can be helpful when managing depression and boredom. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there to help you learn a new skill. You could pick up crocheting, painting, drawing or learn some easy meal prep that’s perfect for dorm life. Creating things can restore a sense of self-worth and confidence. I’ve found that keeping my hands busy can make me feel more relaxed and content. 

You’re Never Alone

Never be afraid to reach out for help if you feel that you need it. You’re worthy of love and care, regardless of your mental state. You’re not alone, and there are plenty of organizations out there that can help you. It’s okay to take time away from your responsibilities to take care of your mental health. 

-hcxo

Kennedy Brice

Valdosta '25

Lover of anything and everything. Writer, artist, student. Stay curious.
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