The impact of stress
Stress can affect both your body and your mind. People under large amounts of stress can become tired, sick, and unable to concentrate or think clearly. Sometimes, they even suffer mental breakdowns. If you are suffering from extreme stress or long-term stress, your body will eventually wear itself down. But sometimes, small amounts of stress can actually be good.
Greater academic demands, Being on one’s own in a new environment – with new responsibilities, Changes in family relations and one’s social life, Financial responsibilities, Preparing for life after graduation. People who are already overwhelmed by stress may be especially prone to depression
Indicators for recognizing stress
Increased blood pressure
Increased accident proneness
Floating anxiety; anxious feeling for no specific reason
Pain in neck and/or lower back
Changes in appetite or sleep pattern
Stress Traps to Avoid
School in itself can be stressful. Pulling “all nighters”, this can cause stress for the following day due to exhaustion. Caffeine, a temporary short term energy boost then you crash. Waiting until the last minute, running on Adrenaline.
Stress Relief Tips
Manage time wisely and get organized, Create a good study environment. Know your learning style, exercise, take care of your body, Eat right, Get enough sleep.
Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with our daily lives and ability to function.
Fear or confusion
Inability to relax
Shortness of breath
Can affect your body, mood, thoughts and behavior. It is not a passing mood. Clinically depressed people cannot “pull themselves together” and get better but it can be successfully treated, 80% of those who seek help get better.
Depression, Alcohol & Other Drugs
Sometimes Depression comes first, people try drugs as a way to escape it
Depression can caused by the use of drugs and Alcohol itself or by the withdrawal when you stop and the problems that substance use causes
The sooner you get help the better.
Getting Help: Treatment Works
It you think you might be depressed, discuss your concerns with a health care or mental health professional who can evaluate your concerns. Bring an understanding friend or family member for support if you are hesitant or anxious about the appointment
Several effective treatments for depression are available and can provide relief from symptoms in just a few weeks. Psychotherapy “talk therapy” , antidepressant medication or a combination of bot
Individuals respond differently to treatment. If you don’t start feeling better after several weeks, talk to your provider about trying other treatments or getting a second opinion.
Help Yourself: Be Informed
Depression can make you feel exhausted, worthless and hopeless, Don’t give in to negative thinking, symptoms will fade as treatment takes effect. Take an active role in getting better and make the most of help available to you.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions in order to understand your illness,
If you don’t begin feeling better discuss new approaches with the professional you are seeing.