College life is one of the most happening times in an individual’s life, a time that becomes more, and more, dear to them as the course of their life unfolds. But, this happening time is not all rainbows and sunshine as an adult might think, and, ironically, it is utmost important that a few specific adults, namely the parents of the kid, understand this fact.
College life is a mix of a lot of ups and downs, all the heartbreaks and the awards, the fights and the promises, and so much more. While the ups can be beautiful, the downs can be downright crushing, especially in the current generation. Why?
- ) The competition between individuals is maximum it is ever been, and it is only likely to increase;
- ) Indulgence in negative tendencies is, shockingly, becoming a youth culture;
- ) With the spread of the “social applications lifestyle”, the truly social lifestyle and the tendency to ‘talk’ is getting hampered. Thus, students, many a time, end up alone.
- ) The need for studying away from home also leaves a student without his/her biggest support, family.
Sooner than later, these downs start building up depression in a student, and even the student him/herself is unaware of it. But, in order to prevent the depression from becoming permanent and the child from doing anything wrong, it is very important to understand the signs of this depression.
A few signs are:
- Consistent Despair: If the student has been feeling sad, hopeless, lonely for a while, usually more than a couple of weeks, in spite, of the regular lifestyle, depression can be a factor.
- Fatigue: Depression tires a person to the point that he/she feels worn out even without doing anything.
- Extreme swings in appetite is another important indicator of depression.
- The want for oversleeping every day and every time, day after day, is another indicator.
- Overthinking, if not a natural habit, can also be a cause and/or an indicator of depression.
But identifying these, and other, signs, is only half the battle won. The other half lies in tackling this depression. How to do that?
- Talking: Talking is one of the best ways to feel lighter and better. If not a parent then a friend, if not a friend then the teacher or someone else, but talking to someone, anyone the person is comfortable with, is important, because there are always people who care!
- Gymming: Gymming and other physical activities, no matter how repulsive they feel, when done consistently, can release a lot of negativity from the body.
- Professional Help: Depression in not madness, and meeting a psychiatrist shouldn’t be shameful. They understand the brain much better than us!
- Respect Yourself: Respect yourself at all times and try to build an aim and work for it. Setting one’s mind on something will help a lot.
- Know what you feel: Focusing your brain doesn’t mean ignoring what you feel. Always be aware of them, but even after trying a lot, if you can’t share your feelings, maintain a diary.