According to a study conducted by the City Mental Health Alliance, around 49% of young people felt low after graduating from university.
So if you feel like something is missing from your life, know that you are not the only one feeling this way.
Maybe you are struggling to find work; maybe you are finding it hard to adjust to new routines, or perhaps the friends and family that used to be a constant presence in your life aren't around anymore.
Regardless of what is causing you to feel low, recognising and dealing with such feelings is crucial.
In this article, we will look at how to deal with post graduation depression.
Depression is a mental condition that is associated with a change in mood and an overall loss of interest in life. Many people experience post graduation depression symptoms while transitioning away from their university life.
However, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is help available.
The first step is to recognise the symptoms of post graduation depression. These can include:
● Being uncomfortable with yourself or your life
● Feeling stuck or unmotivated
● Not enjoying hobbies that you once were really passionate about
● Feeling unworthy, incapable, or as if you've disappointed yourself, your family, or your friends.
● Having difficulties sleeping
Other symptoms may include: feeling tired all the time, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, being unable to concentrate, as well as eating too much or not eating at all.
It is not always easy to answer this question because only you can truly know what the problem is. However, there are a few things that can trigger these feelings.
After university, some people may experience depression because of the following:
● Needing to adapt to change
● Fearing the unknown
● Being unsure of what to do next
● Having trouble finding work after graduation
There are a few steps you can take to deal with or lessen the effects of post graduation depression.
Firstly, make sure you reach out to your friends and attend social events to maintain a sense of connection.
Also, don't forget to take care of yourself both physically and mentally by exercising and eating healthy foods.
Finally, if you believe your depression is worsening, you should seek help from a mental health professional who can offer you support and assistance.
Graduating from university is a huge accomplishment, but it also marks the beginning of a new phase in life.
It is not easy to transition from being a student to becoming an adult and having to fend for oneself. It will take time to get used to the new routine and find what works best for you. However, there are many resources available online that can help you during this difficult time.
If you believe your post graduation depression is worsening, do not be afraid to ask for help!
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