Opinion: Overcoming depression in college

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Depression and anxiety are common problems in colleges all over the world. The average age of many mental health problems is the typical college age range of 18 to 24 years old. Richard Perez, a psychologist for children and young adults said, “during college, student’s deal with a unique amount of stress, students experience many firsts, including new lifestyle, friends, roommates, exposure to new cultures and alternate ways of thinking.”

In college, competition is more meaningful there is the pressure to do well, there are always parents pushing their child do exceed in classes. Perez said students “can handle college in an effective fashion,” it puts a great strain on counseling centers to accommodate the larger numbers. When evaluating universities, parents and students should make sure schools have the necessary mental health resources. It’s important they approach investigating these services just as diligently as they do looking for a school that has a great math program if that’s what their child wants to study.”

There are many ways a student can deal with anxiety. There’s therapy and no matter what kind of anxiety someone suffers from, therapy can be a great help. Licensed mental health professionals help people who suffer from anxiety. There are a lot of ways certain techniques can help someone when they start to feel the symptoms are coming on strong. One relaxation technique is to notice your breathing and take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. If none of these work Perez says “medication can always treat it, but only if you have a level of anxiety that impacts your daily living, then you may require medication to assist you in lowering your levels of anxiety.

Depression is another problem that student can work on and improve. Exercise is one way to deal with depression exercise helps with means of dealing with depression. Start with a walk and lead up to more straining activities, like yoga, riding a bike or playing a sport. A diet can help you have more energy and the sugar can make sure that you’re in a good mood. Going outside and getting sun can help you get more sunlight to help your mood and help you sleep. If none of those work make sure to see your doctor. The last result should be taking any type of medication.

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