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.”