Depression: What They Don’t Tell You About Life After Graduation

              Staying up until crack of dawn, waking up for an 8 AM class, sitting through boring three hour lectures, hanging with friends, partying, having dinner at the dining hall, and cramming for an exam are all key components of the college experience. Even though you can only choose to have two out of the three aspects successfully: sleep, academics, and a social life, college is certainly a memorable worthwhile experience. On the one hand during those four years, students can live a semi-carefree lifestyle with minimal worries and boundaries. On the other hand, after graduation, graduates face the harsh realities of the “adult world.” Not readily obtaining your dream career, paying bills, and paying off loans are a few of the downfalls of life after college. Many students have high hopes for their post-graduation life, and many find that these expectations are difficult to fulfill. In turn, a significant amount of students find themselves depressed after graduation.

                Post college depression can often leave people feeling lonely and confused. Without having your friend group always by your side and the constant words of encouragement from your advisors and professors, people may feel that they don’t know what to do with their life nor do they have the drive to take the next step. For most this next step can be looking for an apartment or finding a stable job. Graduates who put off graduate school for a year may end up pushing off applying to school for years at a time. Ultimately, the lack of ambition and failure to achieve one’s immediate goals leaves graduates feeling useless and saddened. Additionally, addiction is a common symptom of post college depression. The longing to relive thrilling party nights often taunts graduates who have not yet solidified their life plans.

                The transition from college life to adulthood is one that can be controversial for many graduates; however the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can help you transition smoothly. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices respectively at (201)-368-3700 or (212)-722-1920 to set up an appointment. Visit for more information.

Written by: Alexis F.


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