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There is another side to all the fun and excitement of student life, a side most people don't like to talk about. It’s called depression. There are many different reasons why people experience depression, and it is yet unknown how many people suffer from it. Fact is: too many. The exact figure may never be known because people don’t like to talk about it, are ashamed, or simply don't know it.

But how do you find out whether you are depressed or not? It’s not only feeling a bit blue, but it can be quite debilitating. Even though many of those symptoms can go either way, or differ in severity, we’d like to list a few here:

  • Generally there can be the absence of everything positive.
  • Feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness, and possibly thinking everyone hates you.
  • Change in sleeping patterns (too much or not enough sleep, insomnia).           
  • Change in eating habits (over eating, comfort eating, not enough/regular eating); loss of appetite.
  • Feeling helpless, irritable, or guilty.
  • Feeling tired all the time.
  • Isolating yourself, rather than being with others and pursuing a social life. At the same time possibly feeling lonely.
  • In more serious cases, self-harm or even worse than that.

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All these symptoms seem quite obvious when you see them written down. In reality, however, they might be difficult to spot. It could be because of your perception. It might actually be far from reality. Remember it is subjective. If you are indeed depressed, it’s likely that ‘depression’ gives you a justification for just about anything. It is very difficult for a depressed person to be objective.

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