Your hard work and dedication paid off — you finally got your degree. It's nicely framed and hanging on the wall behind your desk. Now what? If you're like many recent grads, you may be feeling what is commonly referred to as post-graduate depression, a condition among young adults during one of the most common life transitions, and one that can be helped with depression therapy. Post-graduate depression usually occurs due to the student's feelings of sadness at closing the chapter on college life and college friends and the pressure to start working right away by entering the “real world.”
It's easy to fall into this type of depression, depression therapy experts say, since students have been just that — students — for most of their lives up until this point. After 20 or more years of classwork, being a student has become the focus of their identities, and they're suddenly under the gun to become something else entirely as they ponder who they really are, what will they do next in life, and will they be successful.
What Are the Symptoms of Post-Graduate Depression?
If you are feeling some or all of these symptoms, you may be suffering from post-grad depression and may benefit from depression therapy.
How Can You Prevent Post-Graduate Depression?
Fortunately, you can prevent post college depression that may come with getting your degree and/or leaving college. Be sure to: