Summer DepressionSchoolSummer Depression<div class="ExternalClassC944049567164D1F82E7D2A910397195"><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">Summer depression is hitting me really hard this year. School is my life and not having the homework and somewhere to go every day and things to keep me and my mind occupied is making me really depressed. I've signed up for summer activities and camps, and I'm even taking online classes, but there's still that time where I can't keep myself busy with activities. This is where I just start feeling like crap and like my life is worthless. I don't know what else I can do... </span>​</p></div><div class="ExternalClass332ACBC9131B4BF3AA981113CF98E960"><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Thanks for reaching out. You sound like a person who just likes to keep things rolling and that is ok. If you know that is your personality, and constant motion modes like that are ones that you do best in, that is ok. Since summer is a bit more laid back as far as jobs, responsibilities, structure, and even getting up at an early hour, you might need to get creative and schedule some more things in.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">It sounds like you have some work and some fun planned which is a good thing. You have to balance hard work with some "play" time too. Consider scheduling out your day the night before. Being able to see what is on the agenda hour by hour the next day might keep you motivated, keep your thoughts organized, and keep your emotions intact. If this depression is interfering with your ability to do your online work, then you need to push the stop button and re-group because then you need to focus on treating the depression. If it is more of a sadness or a feeling of boredom because you are used to a busy schedule, the hour by hour calendar would be a good one.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">There might be a lot of things you can think of to do, but you do not have access to them, permission to do them, or could not afford to them. Make a list of things you DO have control over or that are options for you, and put it in to your daily activity schedule. This might include exercising, volunteering, tutoring, babysitting, making homemade gifts for birthdays coming up, doing some deep cleaning, writing out a description of your dream job, working part-time, offering to make one family meal each week, or truly any other hobbies that interest you. As a person you absolutely are so far from worthless. You are a girl who feels better about herself when she is busy.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span><br></p><p><br></p></div>16

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