Not everyone knows where life will take them after college graduation. According to an Acad Psychiatry study in 2015, 60% of college graduates who had a mental health problem reported at least one mental health problem two years later. It is important to know that after you graduate college, take everything one day at a time and try your best when it comes to job searches.
One sign of having post-graduation depression is no longer organizing yourself. You may have been able to juggle all of your classes and getting your tasks done on time. After college, you may forget to set your alarm on and not have the strength to get out of bed as you are scared of looking at the scarce job offers in your field. What you should do is make to-do lists of what you plan on accomplishing every day. Put these lists next to your bed, on your computer, or on your door where you cannot miss them. You can also find ways to go back to your college routine by finding clubs to join in your area and taking part in extracurriculars like if you went to the gym a lot in school.
Another sign of post-graduation depression is not having the motivation to take care of yourself. You may feel like giving up on yourself because you cannot find any work in your field and you feel like your college education has failed you. Remember that it is normal to be frustrated at first as not everyone gets immediate job placement after college. Continue to set small goals for yourself instead of expecting to get your dream job right away like telling yourself that you will apply for a couple of jobs today or read books about how to fix up your resume so that you know that you have tried.
A third sign of post-graduation depression is constantly checking social media. You may feel bad about yourself seeing your friends brag about getting hired. Remember that not every posts everything going on in their lives online and they may be hiding a lot. You might need to take a social media hiatus so you can focus more on better your life than worrying about others. Keep telling yourself that everything will get better and that by not applying, you will not get to where you are in your career that way.
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