Anyone on college and suffering depression and anxiety?

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I’m in college and I suffer depression and anxiety I just want to know if anyone is in this same situation. I want to know your experiences and how you get trough this. What hepls you and what triggers your problems…

Category: Tags: asked January 3, 2015

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I'm at boarding school for my senior year of high school but it's basically the same. I live in a dorm, eat off the meal plan, don't have a car, ect. I used to suffer from severe depression and self harm for 5 years and just recently overcame it. When I first got to school I was the most depressed I had ever been in my entire life. I found a corner behind one of the buildings on campus and would sit there until curfew and cry. Late at night I would hide out in the bathrooms and cry too..I felt so alone and I would be hard on myself about it. I would criticize the fact that I had no friends and it was all my fault and my mind would tear me to shreds. I let the silence come at me as a bad thing. I started going to therapy at the Health Center on campus and honestly it was the best thing I could ever do. She and I would set up small, mini goals for me to accomplish every week. For example, one of my goals was for me to start a conversation with two people I didn't know and to actually talk to them, not just the "how are you" part. Having a goal and something to accomplish really helped overcome my fear of engaging people in a conversation. Soon enough I realized that the only friend I really needed was me. I became my own best friend and welcomed the silence. I turned all the things that really bothered me around in to something positive. I use the silence to read a good book, find new music, chill with my dog, paint, watch endless marathons of House, cook, and the list goes on. I find that I have more fun hanging out with myself than anyone else. You can do this, and it gets better. Be kind and forgive yourself, you're only human too :) and if you need to message me please do, I'm here if you need to talk or just need a friend
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I got so depressed I had to drop out. I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 and Borderline Personality Disorder upon dropping out, so that made it more difficult to ever want to go back. I'm still deciding if school is a good idea, but I love the idea of having a goal to fulfill. It is just a matter of time management and making sure you force yourself to focus even if you don't want to. Finding new music had been my favorite release and of course knowing I got to go home and snuggle my cat after I got home helped me get through the semesters I did actually finish.