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"I found it so very stressful when depression made it so difficult to go to school." I dont know what to do. Please. Help me.

Oh goodness, friend. Are you saying you are in the same boat?

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I teach for an online school. Many of our students suffer from depression. I love your carton about the challenges of being a student while dealing with depression. Do I have your permission to include it in a support class I am creating? I would of course credit you. Thanks! Kim

I would be honoured if you did that, Kim! I would like nothing better than for people to feel a little more understood and a little bit less alone. If I can help to do that in some small way then I am delighted. Thank you for what you are doing.

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I just wanted to say thanks. It's scary how much I relate to your posts and for once I feel less lonely. Keep it up. Good luck

Thank you friend, that means the world to me. I am happy that we are connected, but sad that we are connected by sadness. I am actually doing a lot better at the moment and I hope the same can be true for you.

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I just read you're comic about depression and having difficulty going to school. I'm on academic probation because for the last two years I would stop attending classes/writing essays and just stay in my room - just leaving my bed to go to the washroom sapped the energy right out of me ... I took a semester off, and I'm trying again, but I'm afraid that I'm already going down the same path. I wish I could just finish.

Friend, I am so sorry to hear it. It sounds like we have felt similar things. I spent weeks in my room a few years ago. I hated going to the shared kitchen to make food, so I would go hungry all day and sneak out at night to cook.

I wish I knew what it is best to do. But I do not think I am qualified to give advice. I do know that what I did is to take a year out from university and go home. This was not easy, because my family situation was not easy. But I saw a therapist for a few months and turned my thinking around. Now I am back and much happier.

I hope you can find someone or something that helps you.

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I just wanted to say that your tumblr is really great. when I'm struggling it reminds me that I'm not alone, especially relating to academia.. I'm at university and really battling to keep going. It might not mean all that much but I owe you a huge thank you.

Friend, nothing could mean more to me. I just wrote down some of the thinks that were sludging up my brain, is all. It has been amazing to me how many people have told me they feel the same.

It seems we are never the only ones.

I don’t think I am qualified to give any advice. But I would encourage you to reach out, talk to people, find the ones that will help you. I am doing better now, and I have seen how helpful some people can be. You do not have to suffer, there is hope.

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Hey, I've been missing your posts, hope you're ok.

Thank you so much for the message, that is very kind of you. I have not posted for a while, it is true. This blog was always an experiment, and I found that when I was most depressed I was least in the mood to write about it, and when I was less depressed what I wrote sounded silly. Making a blog about how you do not feel like doing anything (even making blogs) sort of has a roadblock built in. But I may come back to it, who knows.

As for how I am, it continues to be variable. I just saw a new therapist for the first time today though. I am hopeful that a course of CBT will do me good. Oh, and I have been given some more meds by my GP. So wheels are in motion.

If you or anybody else reading this is in a similar position, I offer you a virtual hug and the assurance that things can get better. It is a struggle, but everything worth doing is. Seeing the struggle as hopeless is the problem, and that is a symptom of the illness and not a reasoned judgement. You can make it, friend.

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