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The Effect Of Depression on Students Academic Performance

Hii !! I’ve created this blog to create an awareness about students mental health .

What is Depression ?

according to the Wikipedia , Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. Classified medically as a mental and behavioral disorder, the experience of depression affects a person's thoughts, behavior, motivation, feelings, and sense of well-being. The core symptom of depression is said to be anhedonia, which refers to loss of interest or a loss of feeling of pleasure in certain activities that usually bring joy to people. Depressed mood is a symptom of some mood disorders such as major depressive disorder or dysthymia; it is a normal temporary reaction to life events, such as the loss of a loved one; and it is also a symptom of some physical diseases and a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments. It may feature sadness, difficulty in thinking and concentration and a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping. People experiencing depression may have feelings of dejection, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts. It can either be short term or long term.

What is a student ?

according to the Wikipedia , A student is primarily a person enrolled in a school or other educational institution and who is under learning with goals of acquiring knowledge, developing professions and achieving employment in a desired field. In the broader sense, a student is anyone who applies themselves to the intensive intellectual engagement with some matter necessary to master it as part of some practical affair in which such mastery is basic or decisive.

What is an academic performance ?

according to the ballotpedia , an academic performance is the measurement of student achievement across various academic subjects. Teachers and education officials typically measure achievement using classroom performance, graduation rates and results from standardized tests.

What is the relationship between depression and students academic performance ?

To give an easy example …

When students having a depression , their learning is frequently disrupted because depression impairs working memory, making it much harder to remember new information and recall previous experiences. Anxiety and depression have a negative impact on academic performance and add value to underachievement. Students who are under a lot of stress perform worse on IQ and achievement assessments.

And what is the reason ?

There's a lot of reason that lead students to have a depression such as :

Parental Pressure

A parent's first worry is his or her child's future. Since our country's education systems are constantly on the search for the brightest and smartest kids to retain their reputation, parents think it's necessary to set the bar excessively high for their children to meet the criteria. Parents nowadays are too concerned with how the rest of the world perceives their children, which leads to parental pressure.

Pressure to get a good grades

Most likely as a result of parenting. Parents praise qualities such as cleverness to show to their children the importance of grades and maybe even scold their children for not being the top of their class. As a result, children grow up identifying as the smart kid. As a result , children feel they have to prove themselves to fit the mold their parents gave them. They’re pressured to get good grades because if they don’t get good grades, they lose their sense of identity. Especially if a child is in his or her teenage years where identity becomes a huge question, this is detrimental psychologically.

Financial worries

Students who are living under the cloud of money problems can leave them feeling down, hopeless, and struggling to concentrate or make decisions. They could be under circumstances where they could not afford their rent , school materials , and even tuition fees. Due to this matter, the students end up having a lot of debts and loans and the only way they can repay them all back is having a job in the midst of pursuing their studies.

If you’re a student with depression

Let me help you on how to cope with depression

1. Have an exercise

Find a time to start a good hobby which is having an exercise . Every day, take a 15- to 30-minute brisk walk. You can also dance, stretch, or perform yoga. People that are depressed may not want to do anything. But force yourself to do it nonetheless. If you need motivation, ask a friend to join you. Starting any action improves your mood. Keep it up.

2. Build your own self-esteem

Be confident ! Do something that makes you feel good . Value yourself . Practice your self-acceptance. Think about something that you are good at. Challenge your negative thought. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself. Remember that everyone makes mistakes. Celebrate your accomplishments , both the big and the small achievements.

3. Express yourself

When you're depressed , your creativity and sense of fun may seem blocked. However, doing things that stimulate your creativity can be beneficial. Draw, paint, or doodle. You can sew, cook, or bake. Create music, dance, or write. Talk to a friend or play with your pet. Find something to make you laugh. Watch a funny film. Do things that you will enjoy. Even a little bit. That contributes to the recovery from depression.

4. Notice good things that happen on your surroundings

Be positive ! Set your mindset that you can do it . Depression alters a person's perspective on life. Things can appear bleak, negative, and hopeless. Maybe you can make a goal to notice three good things every day to help you shift your perspective. The more you notice what's good, the more you'll notice what's good.

5. Don't think too much about your problem

It can feel good to talk through a problem with a caring friend. However, depression can cause people to complain, blame, and rehash problems excessively. It has the potential to keep you focused on what is wrong.

It is acceptable to share your thoughts and feelings with those who care. But don't let problems consume all of your conversation. Talk about positive things as well. This can help you to improve your mood.

If you're a caring person that want to help

Here's a tips on how to help someone with depression

1. Start a conversation with them .

Make a topic and start a conversation with them. Let the people with depression know you are there for them. Maybe asking a few question like "It seems that you are having a tough time lately. Mind to share your problem with me?" or "The last few times we hung out, you seemed a little down. Is there anything going on you that you’d like to talk about?".

2. Support them in continuing therapy

Example , If your friend wants to stop taking medication due to unpleasant side effects, be supportive but encourage them to discuss with their psychiatrist about switching to a different antidepressant or discontinuing medication completely.

3. Give an advice to them

Giving a good advice that may change their mind encourage them to cope with their depression. You need to take their feelings seriously. Do not make a joke about their feelings. If they open up with you about their problem , simply saying a good things that can make them feel a lot more better.

4. Encourage them to get help

While you cannot control another person's recovery from depression, you can begin by encouraging the depressed person to seek help. Maybe you may suggest them a general check-up with a physician , offer to help the depressed person find a doctor or therapist and maybe encourage them to make a thorough list of symptoms and ailments to discuss with the doctor. For sure , every school have their own counsellor . Maybe , your friend may refer their problem to the counsellor.

5. Be patient with their behavior

Maybe they will not taking your advices or they will be stubborn to do things that you asked to but be patient. Yes , dealing with a depressed friend can be pretty frustrating. You might prefer to walk away and get on with your life at times. But don't get too frustrated. Don't neglect a friend when they need you the most. Anyone can be affected by depression. You could be the next person who requires depression treatment.