school + work = depression?
February 17, 2010 6:04 PM Subscribe
YANAD filter, version: depression 2.0. I am starting to see some of my depression symptoms return after a few years of being med-free. There are several factors involved and both my work and my school is being affected. How can I know what factors are causing what symptoms so I can fix this?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is my second quarter back in school after five years of being absent. I work full-time in retail, so the hours suck and I often find myself going 13 hour days between work and school. Often times, I am not able to do my school work after/before work because I am so tired from the previous day. I have had major problems with motivation and focus this quarter and have all but stopped attending at least one of my classes. I know that the weather (record snowfalls!) has had a big impact on my mood, but I am not sure to what extent that it has caused some of my depression to return. Other things that could be affecting it: I recently started back on birth control and I am trying to quit smoking (down to 1-2 a day).
Symptoms I have noticed: lack of motivation, overall depression, negative thoughts about myself, panic attack-like symptoms (though not full blown), overall unhappiness with most aspects of my life, headaches almost every day, etc.
When I was in school five years ago, I had similar symptoms and eventually withdrew because of it. I couldn't bring myself to attend class or do school work. This is the place I am in now. Am I just not able to do both work and school? Is it the birth control/smoking/weather that is also affecting it? How can I get my motivation back so that I can make the best of what's left of the quarter?
I have doctors appointments lined up, but I wanted real people advice about similar situations they have been in.