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'Is this 'winter blues' or something more serious?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’m halfway through my second year and really do enjoy my course. But for the past few weeks I’ve been really, really low in my mood. Not because of anything in particular – I know I have a really good life, fantastic friends and boyfriend and am training for a job I love. I don’t know what’s causing it and I feel like I need an excuse to feel this way.

”I’m struggling to get to sleep and waking up early worrying about things that never used to bother me, which means I’m tired on placement and not able to give it my all. I’m trying to avoid people, which I know isn’t what I should be doing but I just don’t have the energy to put into socialising like I normally would.

“Is this how others have felt in second year?

“I know I should go to my GP but I really want to avoid being on antidepressants if possible and I don’t see how counselling can help when there’s nothing in particular that’s causing me to feel like this.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Unfortunately I am not able to offer much advice, but I wanted to offer support. I am also half way through my second year and I relate to what you are saying so much - nothing in my life seems particularly 'wrong' either, however I have found the past few months particularly difficult I continually feel like I want to hide under the covers for days, or worse, just run away.
    I am trying to push myself to go outside more even when it's cold, I find being in nature brightens my mood and I am trying to do some daily youtube videos of Yoga to help me sleep. Also try and speak to people on your course - that has helped me as I realised a few others feel the same.
    I hope things get better for you x

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  • I'm sorry to hear that you are feeling this way. I am currently halfway through third year but I felt exactly the same way during my second year too! Being a mature student, I didn't make a huge amount of friends but I did make two very close friendships, one of whom is a mental health student in the same year. I would advise that you confide in your closest friends who (if they are true friends) will offer support. I would also advise you to make an appointment with your personal tutor. They will be able to discuss things with you and signpost you to other forms of support. Your university should also have an onsite councillor who you should be able to make an appointment with. Don't feel ashamed of asking for support or guidance because nobody will think any less of you for it. After all, that is what they are there for. You also don't need a reason for feeling like you do so don't feel that you need to pinpoint one! I hope you feel better soon and manage graduate on a high. I feel much more positive about my purpose now and even though my mum passed away two weeks after I started third year, I have had a better feeling about the whole course! Good luck 🤞

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