Abby on navigating University and life with depression

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave.

In fact, 1 in 16 people in Australia are affected by depression every year. The good news is that depression can be managed with the right resources and support.

How does depression affect you on a day-to-day basis?

Some days I am really fone, and others I feel like I can’t physically move. Like there’s a massive weight on me.

I struggle a lot with being motivated and getting out of bed, especially if I haven’t got anything exciting on for that day. It can sometimes be the little things that I just feel like I can’t shower or brush my teeth at night like I just can’t move. It sounds ridiculous to some people, but it is very real!

Affect on university life
University was pretty tough, Most of the time I just wouldn’t do the work or go to class. Calling up friends to study with would help sometimes and made3 me do a little bit. Usually, universities are pretty understanding when it comes to this stuff, so I would definitely recommend getting extensions or special consideration if you’re ever feeling like you can’t do it. I just want to add you don’t have to be diagnosed with depression to get these either, you could just have one bad day or you just don’t feel up to it, and that’s perfectly fine too.

Universities also usually have psychology services that are accessible for free. This was really helpful to me. I find even just unloading to someone that’s not someone you know is helpful.

Mental Health Treatment Plan

If you’ve been feeling down or feel like you’re mental health isn’t 100%, go talk to your GP about it.

You can get a Mental Health Plan from your GP, which allows you to claim up to 20 sessions with a mental health professional each year. To start with, your doctor will refer you for up to 6 sessions at a time. Health professionals set their own fees, so it may only cover some of the cost.

If the cost is too much for you, most services will offer a free service with a trainee psychologist.

You are not alone

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