As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, we are really starting to see the toll it has taken on mental health—especially in college students. According to a survey conducted by The Healthy Minds, 47% of college students screened positive for signs of depression. Furthermore, more than eight in 10 students said that their mental health negatively impacted their academic performance on at least one occasion.
The college lifestyle has drastically changed over the last two years. In 2018 college was full of socialization, classes in lecture halls, and study groups in the library. Now, college entails attending online classes and self-isolating in a single-occupancy dorm room. Two-thirds of the 33,000 students surveyed across 36 different colleges said that they feel isolated from others sometimes or often. The monotony and burnout of the pandemic started to take its toll on college students months ago, but there is no sign that this trend will correct itself anytime soon.
However, there are signs of depression to watch out for, and ways you can help:
Feelings of Sadness, Loneliness or Hopelessness
Living an isolated lifestyle with very little socialization or human face-to-face interaction can take its toll on young college students.
Paying attention to your friends and families mood and behaviors can be a telling sign of depression.
Loss of Interest
Even though the pandemic does make socialization harder, there are still hobbies and activities that students can be involved in. Keep an eye out for those who suddenly lose interest in all of their beloved hobbies and activities.
Sleeping Too Much or Too Little
While polar opposites, a major sign of depression is sleeping too much, or insomnia.
Changes in Appetite
Often those who are feeling depressed lose their appetite, although the opposite effect has been known to take place as well.
Depression can affect us both physically and mentally. Sometimes those suffering from depression experience brain fog, and have a hard time focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, and the traditional methods have not worked, we urge you to look into ketamine therapy. Ketamine therapy has shown to be effective in treating those suffering with depression in 70% of patients. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, contact our ketamine infusion therapy center today for a free consultation, or simply complete the brief form below and a member of our clinical team will reach out to answer your questions, determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy, and address your concerns.
Contact Ketamine Greater Boston
Contact our ketamine infusion therapy center today for a free consultation, or simply complete the brief form below and a member of our clinical team will reach out to answer your questions and address your concerns.