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Becoming depressed when studying

Discussion in 'General Support and Advice' started by Loppox, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Loppox

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    Ok so for the past years I just noticed a trend that, well, has been very persistent.
    I become depressed every time a new year of uni/school/whatever starts.

    I become more teary and my motivation goes to minus zero. In the beginning I can just do 1 or 2 assignments, but I feel myself drop to the point that I cannot even begin an assignment. I feel too tired, etc and it frustrates me. I can sit a whole morning on a chair, wanting to do the assignment, but I just stare blankly at my computer screen. Maybe 15 min later I will click on the text that has to be read, read the intro and then stop and sit for an hour doing nothing!!

    I cannot do leisure activities because of this. I want to go out, but I just, sit, waiting till the point of actually going out has passed and then become frustrated at myself that I did not go out.

    The same goes for normal activities like grocery shopping.

    I think people will recommend a therapist or something, but in this town there are long waiting lists (months) for cheap therapists and I cannot afford regular ones.

    Sometimes I do have 1 day energy spike in which I do a lot, and then it quickly goes down again.
     
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    Have you ever heard about pomodoro technique? Maybe you try to apply this and see if it works for you?

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    Ill try this! I'm used to making time-stamped schedules, and sometimes things like these fail miserably because I just do nothing in those minutes but it can't hurt to try again!

    I think I also misused the word depressed here, It is too heavy of a word to be used in this context. I apologize, I think it would be better if I called it ''low energy when studying'' or sth.
     
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    Thanks, Ill try this today! I am used to having time-stamped schedules, and sometimes it fails miserably because I just do nothing in those minutes but It can't hurt to try again!

    Also, I find that I misused the word ''depressed'' in this context. I apologize, I think it had been better if I called this thread ''low energy when studying''.
     
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    I feel the same way about finishing mundane works sometimes. The pomodoro technique works for me because of the 25-mins intensive work with intermittent breaks. I tend to proscratinate more if I feel the work is uninteresting or too hard.
     
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    Going back to the routine is always hard and motivation is a difficult issue. You have to take baby steps to get back to high results. Instead of writing the complete assignment, write down slowly a little. Think that if you are unmotivated you are not going to do it anyway so try at least make it no matter how small is.
     
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    Hi Loppox:

    If you're in the Northern Hemisphere and your school year begins in the fall, you could be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a type of seasonal low-grade depression that some people (me included) get in the autumn and winter. It's caused by the change in light levels, which affects a hormone called melatonin and possibly a neurotransmitter called serotonin which, in turn, creates a low mood often accompanied by low energy.

    There's lots of write-ups on the net about SAD and how to cope with it and if you find that those ideas don't help then maybe seeing a physician is the next step.

    Hope this is helpful to you.

    Cheers.