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Old 01-13-17, 12:01 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I graduated 2 years ago and have been suffering with anxiety and depression ever since, on and off, but with really bad effects on my life.

I've been prone to anxiety in particular since I was young and also had bouts of depression in my teens. I never spoke to anyone about the depression, but was on citalopram for a little while for my anxiety, which I found helped but didn't solve the underlying issues, and my depression has got worse. Since graduating life hasn't been what I expected; I've done a little bit of travelling, some long unpaid internships, and have completed lots of other unpaid work experience in my desperate trek to find out what it is I want to do. I was always a high achiever so these structure-less, unrewarding, and all round disappointing past 2 years have made me feel so detached from the 'me' that I thought I was.

This has triggered a major bout of depression and now I seem to be stuck in a catch-22 situation; I'm depressed because I'm aimless, but I regularly can't even get dressed now because I'm so depressed. This has altered my way of thinking so I can't seem to make decisions and have no motivation to do anything anyway. I am about to start a full-time waitressing job which will fill my time but isn't exactly what I'd imagined myself doing 2 years after graduating, not to mention I'm still living with my mum.

I couldn't find any forums for people struggling post-uni or college, having left that structure, but I was hoping someone might be able to offer some advice or just someone to speak to :) Sorry if this is a bit of a whinge!
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Old 01-17-17, 08:40 PM   #2
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Hey Poppy23, I'm kind of experienced in a similar sense though I dealt with depression while I was in school as well. You can always see a psychiatrist or GP if you feel you need medical help with the trouble. Outside of that, something surprising I found by accident is that my electrolytes were messed up from my poor quality diet while I was a student. I started to take an electrolyte supplement and it made a big difference for me at one point.

I understand about needing to keep busy or purpose-filled, so the more time you have the less you feel good and the less you do and the worse you feel. Sometimes just starting out with a little exercise in the morning- a walk or some stretching can help get you going a bit. Getting into a group that does something, where you are kind of compelled to show up, be a bit social, and do some activity can help prod you in the right way. It sounds like you are heading in the right direction with working so that it helps keep you purposeful and keep moving. I try to also make a list of 'stuff to do today' and stick with it. Then I can do the tasks and work that I hope will eventually help me. If you can surround yourself with people who are more positive or more motivated it can help you get back to where you want to be. Other people who are feeling lost or down often only drag you down a bit more, so if you know of people who are bright and energetic they might be good to spend time with to pick yourself up.

I hope your search for the right job and some support turns out successful very soon!
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