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Depression is a period of low mood, sometimes following a period of stress or bereavement. Occasionally it seems to "appear from nowhere." Symptoms include loss of energy and motivation, changes in sleep or eating patterns, and lack of enjoyment of life.
Set a small goal each day:
Depression can rob us of energy and motivation. Completing even one small task each day can help us feel more positive. Some ideas for helping you to achieve this are:
Remember no one can do as much as usual when depressed. Feel good about what you have achieved rather than worrying about things you couldn’t do.
Making a commitment to looking after your physical self:
Making lifestyle changes will help you manage your depression. Try to maintain these healthy habits when you are well, to reduce the risk of becoming depressed again.
It’s not unusual to lose interest in sex when depressed. Let your partner know your lack of interest doesn’t mean you have lost interest in them. Try to share other enjoyable activities with your partner, and remind them you still care about them.
Learning New Skills
Learning effective problem-solving skills will help you cope better with depression and reduce the risk of a recurrence. Some tips for problem-solving are:
Stopping gloomy thoughts -
Sometimes it can be hard to stop gloomy or miserable thoughts. Some tips for trying to focus on more positive things are:
Where to from here?
Both the Student Counselling Service and Massey Medial Centre can help you deal with depression. We run regular programmes as well as offering individual sessions, and we have a very wide range of books and CDs you can use to "help yourself". Our Website also has links to numerous other sources of information and support.
If you would like to make an appointment to see a counsellor to learn more about this topic please contact the counselling service on your campus. Distance students can contact any one of the campuses.
Please tell the receptionist if you need an urgent appointment.
Albany: Health and Counselling Centre Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm. Telephone (09) 213 6700.
Manawatu: Student Counselling Service, Turitea Campus, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm (8.30 - 4.30 during semester breaks). Telephone (06) 350-5533.
Wellington: Student Counselling Service, The Student Services Trust @ Wellington, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm. Telephone (04) 801-2542.
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Last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016