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Have you ever managed to break a long-term cycle of self-sabotage?

or repeated mistakes? If you have any insight or personal experience please give it. I'm starting to suspect that I may never make any progress because it keeps happening again and again and the consequences are only getting worse. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Jul 21, 2014 - 17 answers

School is Depressing

Every semester my motivation follows the same pattern. I excel in courses for the first month or so of classes, then my motivation sharply drops off. What are some workarounds and strategies to give a more consistent performance? [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Apr 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Age 25. Huge college debt. Can't land a better job. What should I do?

I have $40,000+ in debt, a bachelors degree in criminal justice, an EMT-B license, a basic computer tech certificate, 4 years of customer service experience as a banquet server, a bad driving history, and one misdemeanor - how can I find a better job than being a banquet server? What can I do to be competitive? Should I attend police academy or not? What are my options - what can I do to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by usersname on Nov 9, 2013 - 49 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

I need help finding motivation to study when I can barely get out of bed

How do I get the motivation to ace my college finals while dealing with depression? [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on May 8, 2013 - 20 answers

How Do I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Art School?

Due to a mix of laziness, depression, social anxiety and loneliness, I'm not doing too great in school. I really need to get it together, and I just don't know how to do it. I feel tapped out at the end of the day and I'm tired of it. I like art, but going to school for it just isn't very fulfilling. I'm thinking I just need to get through it and I'll be okay, but how do I develop the work ethic that my classmates have? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me beat the post-graduation blues...

Lots of life changes: graduated from college, different relationship, became a freelancer all in the last year. Feeling aimless, nostalgic, and in need of some perspective. [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Jan 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Winter blues

I get extremely depressed (sometimes to the point of suicidal ideation) on my month long winter break from college. Help me help myself prevent that from happening this year. [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Dec 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Starting over at 24

I'm 24 and very recently my first serious relationship (7 years) ended. Starting over with my life after my first traumatic upset and in need of some recommendations for... well, life (career, relationships, finances, the whole gamut). (please forgive the length) [more inside]
posted by znith on Nov 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you stop a self-sabotage spiral?

My life is spiraling out of control due to constant self-sabotage. How do I start battling this problem? [more inside]
posted by tammi209 on Nov 18, 2012 - 26 answers

Continuing forward from a disappointing, chaotic college experience

These were four miserable years, and they were supposed to be the best? I guess the best years still lie ahead of me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 26, 2012 - 51 answers

Sinking while trying to complete undergrad

Hi all. I've seen questions touching on similar points but none that really pinned down the more important particulars of my own situation, so here goes nothing. I'm a twenty two year old student now in what will be my sixth year of undergrad. I got to this point because, after my first two years went rather swimmingly, I suddenly fell pray to a mystery syndrome, complete with crushing, unrelenting mental fogginess, high anxiety and severe depression. My life has become an obsession with trying to find a cure for whatever this is, (medication for depression, therapy, supplements, sleep studies, hypnosis, meditation, lifestyle changes, etc. Nothing has worked and so I won't bore you with the details here. My problem is really my current standing in school. What was once a shining record with a 3.6 gpa and distinctions is now a narrative of consistent failure and I need to know where to go from here and most importantly, how to do damage control. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 10, 2012 - 36 answers

Moved back home, depressed. Where do I go now?

I'm trapped in an untennable situation and am unsure how to get out. After leaving school for medical/depression related issues, I've been forced to move back home with my family. I have a couple of options that look somewhat promising in terms of escaping, but I'm paralyzed and don't know which way to go. Help? Typical snowflake stuff within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Help! My Brain is Trying to Kill Me!

Why did my depression go away immediately after I finally started moving towards treating it? Why did it come back? Is this something that's normal when you're trying to treat depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I kick this procrastination habit once and for all?

I am at wits end with myself. How can I kick this procrastination habit once and for all (despite many failures)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me get over my decade-long addiction to the Internet.

I've been addicted to the Internet for a decade now and every aspect of my life has been affected. Help me rejoin society, get past this, learn time management skills, develop a work ethic, and piece my life back together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2012 - 18 answers

Help the Sad Kid Not Get Fired

I have depression. I was just fired from my part-time job at my university for "inconsistent attendance" during shifts for the past two semesters. I realize that I can't get my job back, but how can I prevent this in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2012 - 24 answers

I love and hate my own support system.

How do I 'get better' when I have conflicts with my own support system? My mom wants me to get better, but I'm easily irritated by her and now I'm moving to be close to her while seeking the help I need. TL;DR in the end because I just have a lot of issues :/ [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 8 answers

the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How do I explain a university medical withdrawal to a prospective employer without damaging my chances of being hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Too sad to be good convo partner?

Ok, so I've been having this problem lately (and I think it's related to my recent depression) where I meet new people and kind of expect that I'll never develop any friendship with them, but then it actually does happen, and I realize in horror that when they bring up previous conversations we've had, I act completely clueless because I didn't bother to remember it in the first place, and they say something like, "Remember we were talking about how my mom lives literally right next door to you?" (seriously, that happened today) and I remember suddenly, but clearly have already made it obvious that I didn't remember it in the first place... That's been happening a lot lately, and I want to know how to recall what I talked about with people more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 8 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

I need life advice badly......

Need some life advice, I don't really know what I'm doing, I've failed so far miserably. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Nov 1, 2011 - 39 answers

Help me move forward from an emotionally tramatic year....

How can I restore my mental health/sanity after one stressful hell of a year? Additionally, any suggestions for starting to heal as a surviour of emotional abuse by a parent? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on May 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Is this what it's like to date while depressed?

I feel depressed and completely unmotivated by school. I think its correlated with the fact I'm in a new relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Flunking a course, now going crazy.

I failed a class for the first time in my life, and I have no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 31 answers

What can I do with myself during a semester off?

I have bad anxiety and depression. I think I need to take time off from college. But what can I do with myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me become popular.

Please help me make friends in college. [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Oct 30, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me help myself through college

This weekend I spent time in the hospital for suicidal ideation, anxiety and depression. I wasn't able to make an appointment to see my regular doctor until Thursday. In the meantime I'm still on the (ineffective medication) as well as Ativan. This is not a medical question, rather I need some guidance on how to handle school. [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Oct 12, 2010 - 20 answers

My life is in shambles. How do I reclaim it?

I nearly failed out of college a few years ago. I took a break, came back and finished my degree in 2009, but now I am unemployable because my GPA is a mess. Should I redo undergrad? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Aug 30, 2010 - 39 answers

Another Depressed College Student

I am a 21-year-old college student who is battling depression and social anxiety despite previous achievements. [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Aug 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Life stinks, I'd like to change it.

I should probably talk to a therapist, but what can I do ON MY OWN regarding general distaste for my life complicated by apathetic depression? Wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I recover from depression while in college?

This summer, I am making significant steps toward recovering from depression. How do I maintain these lifestyle changes once I return to college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I not go crazy under exam pressure?

I've had to miss two weeks of university lectures due to health reasons and now have a lot of catching up to do before my exams. How do I not go crazy? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on May 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Struggling INFP ISO college major and life advice

I don't know what I'm doing with my life; help me! [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Apr 28, 2010 - 15 answers

Pulling it together

Help me get back on academic track as I recover from depression. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Mar 23, 2010 - 10 answers

I have more student loan debt than many morgages. What do I do?

I have ~$100K in student debt...from undergrad. A very long story with legal, emotional and financial questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 - 32 answers

Studying through depression?

How can I concentrate on studying for exams while I'm dealing with depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Depression

How do I explain to my mom and my therapist that I feel like my depression has come back and that I'm wasting my time at college? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Nov 2, 2009 - 24 answers

Future=Education-(MoneyxTime)?

My life as a word problem: what is the best, smartest way for someone to change career fields, or increase their range of career options, given limitations of knowledge, time, money and sanity? [more inside]
posted by missix on Sep 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Keep the black dog at bay

Depression in University/College: most of you seem to have been through it, do you have any tips? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on Aug 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Should I register for classes in the fall?

So I'm about to start my 7th year of community college... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 11 answers

One minute I held the key, next the walls were closed on me...

Help me go back to being a happy girl. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Jul 20, 2009 - 20 answers

I think I might be about to flunk out of college for the second time.

I think I might be about to flunk out of college for the second time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2009 - 30 answers

Thoughts about my thinking?

Previously on AskMe: a whole bunch of questions about how to think more, better, etc. But what if I'm finding myself not interested in deliberative thinking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2009 - 9 answers

I shortchanged myself in education

How do you get the education you should have gotten in high school and college? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Nov 21, 2007 - 26 answers

Should I or should I not finish college?

Should I or should I not finish college? [more inside]
posted by koshka on Jul 18, 2007 - 36 answers

Help me with my professor problem

How do I make sure my professor doesn't hate me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2007 - 31 answers

Depression and college

College/DepressionFilter: How do I avoid further destroying my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2007 - 51 answers

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