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Learn more about depression and how you can overcome it.
Being depressed is not just about feeling sad, although being sad and teary can be a sign of depression. Depression can often be the lack of feeling, of feeling numb, of being stuck and often not having the words to explain how and why you feel the way you do. Depression can be described from Mild to Severe depending on how long you have been depressed, and the impact it is having on your life.
You are depressed if, for two or more weeks, you have been experiencing some (several) of the following symptoms:
If you are concerned that you may be depressed, talk to your doctor and/or a counsellor about what you are thinking and feeling. There are many things that have been shown to help people out of their depression, including medicine and counselling, complimentary therapies, and physical activity.
Note: 'It can also be common for people experiencing depression to experience anxiety at the same time'. (Source: Beyond Blue)
Spending long periods of time feeling bad about yourself can be very distressing and hard to live with. When it also feels hopeless, that circumstances will never improve, the prospect of continuing to live as you are can feel intolerable. If you are having thoughts of suicide or of harming yourself, we strongly recommend that you consult with a counsellor or your GP as soon as possible. If you wish to understand more about suicide, more information can be found at the Lifeline website.
It can be very hard to find the motivation to study when you are depressed. Although there are many reasons for lack of motivation, finding it difficult to concentrate and lack of motivation may also be a sign of depression. Your ability to think clearly and critically, remember what you read and learn becomes more difficult when you are depressed. If your sleeping pattern has changed, you may find yourself missing classes and not finding time to study efficiently.