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From Diploma to Depression: Post-graduate Depression

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From the moment we are young children, education is a part of daily life.

Monday through Friday we sit in classrooms learning and studying various topics until we graduate from high school. Then, for many it is on to university where we have the freedom to select class schedules.

Staying up late studying, socializing and worrying about upcoming tests seem like a never-ending cycle, until finally, we graduate.

While graduation is an exciting time in a person’s life, there is also a negative side which some graduates seem to experience post-college.

Depression is an issue that some college graduates seem to suffer from after graduation.

According to the Guardian, it is “quite possible that some graduates don't realise they are affected, as symptoms are not always as obvious as feeling miserable all the time. Feeling tired, restless or agitated, losing interest in life and becoming unable to enjoy anything, finding it hard to make decisions, having difficulty sleeping, avoiding people and losing self-confidence are some of depression's guises.”

After graduation, the safety net of having structure and predictability is gone and people are left with high expectations that may be tough to fulfill right away.

As college graduation approaches, many students have idealistic hopes about life after the diploma. Expecting that they will get hired into a top position at their dream company while earning exorbitant amounts of money, most face a harsh reality check.

Difficulty finding a job, monetary stress from loans that need to be repaid and feeling powerless as reality hits are all real reasons that may cause depression, according to the Huffington Post.

Many college graduates start off working jobs that are part-time, volunteer or unrelated to their field of study. Even if a person does get hired doing what they went to school for, they still may run into some trouble.

During university years, students are taught to think independently and to be creative in their problem solving, making students feel powerful and important.

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