I want to study for the exams, but I am too depressed to do so. How can I help myself?
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I had something similar to this when I was a senior in college. I had been so antisocial and fatigued, that I literally lost contact with people even in the next room and all down the hall in my dorm. I, of course, had reached a point where I had to at least pass every class that I was taking. I was in a relationship that I wasn’t sure was right for me. And, I simply could not focus, and felt so sad. I happened to be taking a psych class. One day, after class, I followed my psych prof to his office and very nervously told him how I was feeling.
His advice, of course, was given to me as a teacher, since we did not have a doctor patient relationship. This is a summary of his suggestions for me.
He told me that I should make any decisions that I could, even if in the long run that decision had to be examined again. He felt that the inner debate on making a decision about my relationship was taking too much emotional energy.
I was at a point where I just could not get any work done. He asked me what I thought the longest time was that I could study/do my work. I told him maybe 10 or 15 minutes. So he said to begin with 10 minutes. Take a break. Think about what you accomplished. Walk outside for a few minutes.
When you go back into the dorm, say hello to anyone you see. Just hello and their name if you know it. If there are any doors wide open on the hall, just lean in a bit and say hello, and name.
Then my next session should be 15 minutes. Then the same as above. He suggested that I have some kind of system to get me back on track after the breaks…have a friend check on me every hour or so, use a timer, have my parents call every hour, use an alarm clock…anything that would mark an ending and beginning to work.
And then 20 more minutes of work and a break with leaving the dorm, saying hello to people, and thinking about whatever I wanted.
He asked what I thought was reasonable break time and I just didn’t know. So we talked about the most imposing things I needed to get done, and the amount of time that would take and the due date. So we decided that my breaks should be no more than 15 minutes. If there were things that took a larger block of time, like getting lunch or dinner, then I would extend the break to 30 to 40 minutes and then I returned to the work-break schedule. So after 15 min. of work, then a break thinking about what I had accomplished, going outside, speaking to people was for the first 5 days, increasing to 20 min. of work and then 30 minutes the last week.
It worked those last few of weeks of school. I felt like a robot and that is exactly what I needed to survive that time period. He met with me again for an hour, after a week and then an hour the next week. Of course, he agreed to help me based on my agreeing to get therapy as soon as I finished up.
In summary, I think what he was trying to do was stabilize me and put me into an autonomic program, so I could accomplish something, He also felt that I should at the least make human contact by speaking to people by name. Of course, what happened was people saying hi in return, asking about this or that, and a few people dropping by my room to chat. And, frequently, I found myself stretching out the length of the work time.
I had to limit my talks with the person in my relationship, and not be with him for about 3 weeks. It was worth it since I did not want to lose an entire semester of school with only 3 weeks left.
I hope this helps. You need to talk this through with your parents so that you can see a therapist as soon as possible. If for some reason you cannot approach your parents with this, either choose a teacher, a minister, other family member, or any adult who can be your advocate with your parents. You school or local community may also be able to provide help or counseling. By gaining some control over your life, it makes you feel more alive and helps you think about solutions.
You will be in my thoughts.
Struggling with depression can be hard enough as it is, but if you’re also trying to do your best in studying, the two things can get in each other’s ways. Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, not being in control are characteristics of depression that can undermine your studying, just like decreased concentration, memory capacity and self-esteem. What’s more, a disappointing prove can “prove” your depressive cognitions and make you feel even worse. Other people might think you don’t have the discipline or the motivation, which only makes you feel worse about yourself.
These are some tips I found helpful when going through a similar phase:
1. Mental health is more important than grades. In my life, a lot of people have told me that school is the most important thing in your life, but it’s not. Education is extremely important, but always prioritise your mental and physical health.
2. Don’t beat yourself up. I have often been angry at myself because I was barely able to study for an entire day. Now I realise that studying just takes a lot more effort othe days depression hits you the worst. There might be days when you can barely get yourself out of bed. If you:
- got out of bed
- read a single page
- did something you genuinely enjoyed
- looked at your planner, or
- made it through the day
I think you have something to be proud of. Know that I am proud of you.
3. Study in short shifts. As I mentioned above, one of the key characteristics of depression is decreased concentration. Tackle this problem by doing small studying shifts with rewarding breaks in between. (For example, use the pomodoro techniqe: 25 minutes studying, 5 minute break.) Another way to deal with this is by finding out when your concentration peaks and do the hardest studying during that time of the day.
4. Planning is key. Planning is important for every student, but for those struggling with depression even more so. It can take you longer to read and memorise the material than average, so plan your revision and reading sessions long before the exam and divide chunks over several days and weeks.
5. Self care. Just like #4, this applies to all, but even more if you struggle with mental health issues. Some things you can do:
- colour in a colouring book
- wash your hair (works wonders for me at times)
- take a 20 minute walk outside (you don’t have to run)
- list 3 things each day you’re grateful for or that went well
- watch a sitcom
- call someone you’re comfortable with and chat
- find one thing in your life that you’re passionate about, however stupid it is, and enjoy with the power of the fucking sun
- sing a song that makes you feel powerful
- meditations and reading
I know and acknowledge that some of these are maintenance activities that you don’t feel able to do when you’re really down. I hope others help you anyway.
6. No allnighters. I repeat: NO ALNIGHTERS! This is seriously important. Again, everyone needs sleep, but it is important to know that sleep deprivation usually worsen depression and can even trigger a depressive episode or other mental syndrome. The rule of thumb according to my doctor: sleep before midnight, wake up before 9am.
7. Find different levels of motivation. I think this is a little weird and maybe it’s just me, but I have different ‘goals’ to get myself motivated. On the higher levels, I want to help people and become a psychologist, but at the same time, on the lower levels, I want to get good grades and find the material interesting. If my poor mood makes the high level feel unreachable, I still have the lower levels to count on.
8. See your doctor. Even if you feel your symptoms are subclinical (i.e. “not important/bad/relevant” enough). He or she can help you find a therapist, diagnosis, medication, or just be someone to talk to and vent.
9. Inform the school. Talk about your struggles with a counselor/mentor or someone at your school or institution who can help you. Sometimes, you can get extra time or different exam environments if this helps you perform better. Someone should be aware of your situation.
I hope this helps you. These tips were based on a combination of research and my own experience. If any of these tips help even just one person, I feel like my mission is successful 😉
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It’s a bit scary, isn’t it, wondering whether being depressed has affected you in the long term. When I found out that depression and constant anxiety could affect my memory and cognition, I was a bit freaked out, because I’d been cooking my brain in that juice for years. And yes, there were and are times when I feel very fuzzy and fatigued.
But it doesn’t have to last. It might ebb and flow, but you’re right, you can work to improve how you feel and think and remember.
You don’t have to believe you are “damaged”…that you’ve lost something. Anxiety about “lost” abilities may keep you from accessing them. Low level fear does, after all, affect your ability to think flexibly and learn. So does the fatigue and exhaustion generated by constant low level vigilance and anxiety.
So it’s actually helpful to practice optimism and faith in your own abilities. Notice times when you have good, clear moments. Settle in them, like the memory of sitting in the sun. And if you feel like you don’t have those moments at all now, try to remember moments when you did feel sharp and clear. Try to recreate them as vividly as possible in your mind. The more often you notice and remember your good moments, the more often you remind yourself that you *canaccess your abilities.
Here are some things that may help you.
- Take care of your body…including your brain.
You can soak your brain in stress juice, starve it, and keep it in a dungeon. Or you can feed it well, make sure it rests, and treat it like you are grooming it for a championship. Your body and brain aren’t separate, so the good things you do for your body are also good for your brain.(a) Exercise, especially exercise that gets your heart pumping and your large muscles activated.
So as one poster mentioned, go for walks. Or skip rope. Or swing a kettlebell. Personally I respond best to long bouts of hard exercise, and I seem to need a lot to keep on an even keel. I also find that, when I am particularly stressed out, exercise that involves rhythmic, regular movement (like running, stairclimbing, etc – most cardio, really) is very soothing. You may be different, but there’s very good evidence to suggest that regular bouts of exercise are helpful. (Check outSpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey; it has a great discussion about the brain/nervous system benefits of exercise.)(b) Sleep. Set yourself up for better sleep, even if it looks goofy.
Your sleep might be messed up, and you might be having trouble sleeping, so look into what you can do to change that. I tended to be very bad at getting to sleep and staying asleep, and of course it affected both my resilience and my cognition.
Systematically work on sleep.
Part of my issue staying asleep was hypervigilance and hypersensitivity to stimulation from light, so I usually wear a sleep mask these days, and Bluetooth headphones with either nature sounds or white noise, or the recordings from a sleep app called Pzizz. I also use blackout curtains in my room. I used to use a sleep feedback device called a Zeo, which I found very motivating. I will use whatever works for me in the moment.
When you feel like you’re falling behind, it’s sometimes tempting to make up for it by working harder, driving yourself harder, depriving yourself of sleep and exercise and good nutrition because you “don’t deserve it yet” or “can’t afford to”.Sleep refills your cognitive tank. The more regular and restful you make your sleep, the smoother the flow of energy in and out of your cognitive tank.(c) Food. Pay attention to how food affects you, and eat to support feeling good and clear and sharp.
Your eating habits may also be affecting your cognition. I’m not going to recommend a particular diet to you because really, everyone is different, but I notice that my eating habits do affect how sharp I feel during the day.
For me, too much sweet and starchy food makes me dull and lethargic. However, if I cut backtoo much, too consistently, I am prone to down moods.
In my case, I seem to do better when I eat more fat and protein relative to carbohydrates. And more vegetables. Lots of different vegetables.
Pay attention to how you feel after you eat. If you feel motivated, try keeping a food diary for a few days and see if you have any insights.(d) Outdoors. Get some Nature time.
Get outside. Take some time out in nature. It doesn’t have to be a hike, and it doesn’t have to be sunny: just get outside and get some green time. Even if you can only convince yourself to do get the tiniest bit, like 5 minutes.
Pay attention to the things around you when you’re out. Pay attention to how you feel. Even when I go outside just to dig up a few weeds, I can feel myself relax.
Time outdoors and in nature can help support your mental and cognitive health. If you want further info, check outThe Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv.
- Find strategies and helps to address the specific problems you are having with learning at the moment.
Here, I can’t recommend a specific strategy, because (a) I don’t have expertise in addressing problems learning and (b) I don’t know what you’re finding difficult with respect to learning.
Perhaps your therapist can help you identify the particular issues, or refer you to someone who can give you a clearer assessment and some useful recommendations. I wonder if someone who has some expertise in learning disabilities might be able to help? Perhaps there is something in their playbook that you might find useful.
For memory issues, there are lots of mnemonic strategies you can use to help improve retention and recall. You don’t need to become one of those champion memorizers — you just need to find a few tools to put in your toolbox.
If you need accommodations for papers or exams, then ask for them. Work with your school to see what you’d need to do to get the accommodations you need. Not all schools will do this well, so this is something you may need to check if you are choosing or changing institutions.
The kinds of things you are trying to learn, and the ways in which you receive and process information best, will affect what strategies will help you do well. I’d try to find out what your strengths are and what you find difficult, and then go from there.
It’s a terrible situation. I went through severe depression during my last year in college, and it was very difficult to study or do anything really.
This is how I survived with a 3.8 GPA: Cut out ANYTHING that’s not ABSOLUTELY important. Example:
- Too tired to cook for yourself? Eat out or cook once a week and frozen them for the whole week. Choose as simple recipes as you could. I generally lost my appetite when depressed, so I had like 5 meals I repeated in addition to eat out sometimes. Order delivery if you’re too low on energy to go out.
- Do laundry once every other week. I didn’t have much clothes, if you have more, you probably can survive with once a month, if you’re willing to repeat the jeans and/or buy a bunch of cheap clothes.
- If you’re too tired for socializing, keep a few (2–3) close friends, and discard the rest (your acquaintances). Make sure you still have strong communication ties with these people to ensure you won’t become isolated, but save your energy because most relationships won’t go anywhere after a few years. Being depressed isn’t the best time to be networking if you’re drained of energy.
For studying, this is a trick I used: categorizing classes and treating them accordingly. Example: I had 6 classes, all of them 400-level for my major. I grouped them like this:
- 2 A-classes: most important for my future job. 60% of my studying time. Study 100% of the materials in classes because I needed As.
- 2 B-classes: a B is okay, just need to keep my head above the water to survive. 30% of my studying time. Study around 80% of the materials, which means the ‘focuses’ or study guides that some professors provided, or talked about in their lectures. Almost all professors will let students know one way or another what the focus for the tests are. If they don’t, ask someone who took that class before.
- 2 C-classes: I don’t give a damn about the result, as long as I got the credits to graduate. 10% time. Study only the broad, general information that is about 20% of the class materials. Be careful though, you might pick the wrong information to learn. Ask someone who took that class about the professor’s style of test (do they like detailed numbers? understanding of graphs? broad questions? trick questions? usual topics? usual focus?) and study accordingly.
This might seem a bit much, but once you sorted them out, it’s easier and takes much less time to study to achieve your desired results. This is not about “getting over” your depression, this is saving your energy as much as you can to keep going and possibly battling your depression once you’ve had sufficient energy. I hope you the best.
First thing i want you to know is i know exactly how you feel. Three months ago I wanted to quit my journey of studying medicine i lost all my freinds. I felt really depressed. I felt so alone and weak and i was lost in thought even when i tried to study i would dose away in my sad thoughts .
. So how did i overcome it?
- Don’t let the things/people you hate stop you from doing the things you love. Initially in medschool i lost my hobbies which were videogames,chess, guitar and the gym. I said “oh i have to study” well i was dead wrong . One day i came to my room all alone and sad and completely demotivated ready to study 5 hour’s like a lifeless zombie and said “screw this im gonna play some video games” i played for just 2 hour’s i became so happy that my brain became supercharged. What i covered in 1 hour of study that day was better than my 5 hours of lifeless study. Slowly i started all my hobbies again and balanced it with my studying and now i can’t be happier. Even today I hate studying im good at it but i hate it so i need to surround it with things i love. So find your hobbies.
- If there is no enemy within the enemy outside can do no harm. This is the real world and words are really painful. Often at times people are going to hurt you with actions and words. They will tell you things that will turn your own brain against you.This is what can cause your depression. Everytime you see these people tell yourself “they are just testing my mental strength i will win this”. At first I would stay quite and just repeat those lines now i laugh at people and play horrible situations like a game. You can’t control them but you can control yourself so do it. If you follow this Once it’s time to study those people won’t cross your mind
- Do the simple things well. learn how to breath to calm yourself. Secondly sleep enough . Third eat enough . Clean your room these simple things will make a huge difference in your happiness they will help with your studies aswell.
- Finally remember depression like this cold winter is just a season it will fade.Your summer will come.You just have to endure the cold for now but if you can make it.Your happiness will come.
3 months have passed and I’m still alone however im at peace and for the most part I’m happy. I study hard and do my hobbies. I’m mentally strong and I know our summer will come : )
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The best way to study is studying for 90 minutes then taking a 5-10 minute break. You can run a mile for an energy boost or work out real quick. Watch a motivational video. Or take the time to cry during that time if you feel depressed or write about it. Then switch to another subject.
You have to sleep 7-8 hours. You can go to sleep at 9pm and wake up at 4am. This will give you a lot of time to work on your work.
You have to eat healthy, not junk food otherwise you’ll gain a lot of weight and feel sleepy and unmotivated.
For you, and others dealing with depression
- You need Patience, there will be many days full of hopelessness. KEEP GOING!
- You have to get help. A therapist.
- You have to tell your loved ones/friends about the depression.
- Educate yourself on depression. Read books on this, watch Ted Talks, read about it on Wikipedia.
- I knew someone who killed himself 5 months ago. If you don’t let the people you love see your pain you may end up killing yourself in a few years. You have to speak up. Depression is very serious, it’s not something to be kept or unspoken. I wish I would have known about his depression. You can’t do it by yourself either. A therapist is necessary, you could get to a point where you may feel so hopeless you can’t see the point in life itself and make a terrible decision. You may say “oh no, I’d never kill myself,” but fuck man depression takes you places you’ve never thought you’d be in. I beg of you to seek help. Please. . .Take it from someone is has attempted, and lost someone, and overcome.
The other questions dont seem to understand the mechanics of depression and how it effects one’s ability to focus and retain information. First off, it is HARD to study when going through deep depression. There are ways to deal to minimize the negative impact it can have on your academics or career. Here are some tips:
- Study with a friend. Having another person there to study will help keep you focused on the task at hand and the human interaction will help keep your mind focused outwards than inwards. Try to avoid discussing any topics that might trigger your depression and focus on studying!
- Exercise beforehand. Exercising releases natural anti-depressants, endorphins! Endorphins can do wonders, and regular exercise is one of the best coping mechanisms out there for overcoming depression. If you work out before studying, your mind will already be thinking in terms of goals and progress. Combine that drive with the improved mood and you will be in a much better state to study. Make sure you also eat healthy and keep your body nourished!
- Study outside of your normal environment. If you usually study at home or at the same study spot, change it up. If you find that your mind tends to wander to certain “triggers”, then studying at a new coffee shop instead will help keep your mind on track.
- Seeking help from a professional. Professional help is always a good idea if available, but not everyone has access to a therapist. (Quora and Reddit can be great places to self-educate if you can’t access a therapist!)
The main takeaway is to set up your study environment in a way that reduces your minds ability to dwell on topics that emphasizes your depression. Remember, the key to overcoming depression isn’t to make it go away forever but learn how to deal with it when it arises. Good luck and stay strong my friend!
Funny, you sound like depression bothers you, because it hinders your productivity.
It should bother you, because it hinders your whole life. Depression destroys everything—relationships, health, happiness—the whole set.
But the reason why it bothers you is irrelevant as long as you are determined to do something about that 😉
A like Tejus‘ advice. Simple and to the point. I’ll try to follow the suit.
It helps with everything. It’s like placebo, in that regard, that it cures all kind of afflictions, but the difference is, it really works 😀
It increases your self-awareness, helps performance, focus and a whole bunch of other positive things.
If you’ve never tried meditation, you should start from short 2-minute sessions. It will allow you to develop a solid meditation habit in just 10 days (as statistical data indicate).
2. Keep exercising.
I believe your case of depression is relatively mild, because you exercise. Exercises are like a vaccine against depression. Keep doing your exercises, physical activity wards off dark moods.
If you ever will feel especially adventuresome, like “can I climb this cliff with no security measures whatsoever?”, abandon your exercises for a week and observe how depression creeps in.
Wow, it’s scary to even think about it!
Man, you are already doing the most effective thing against depression. Keep at it!
I read about a study when scientists ordered clinically depressed people to smile in front of a mirror for something like 10 minutes a day. That was the only additional “treatment” patients got apart from their normal routine. After a month NONE of them needed medicines to get to grips with depression.
Consider it a chore. Every morning set a timer, stand in front of a mirror and smile like stupid to your image.
4. Cultivate gratitude.
Gratitude has a power to rewire human brain from negativity into positivity. The simplest (and proved to be effective) method to cultivate gratitude is journaling.
Every morning write down three new things you are grateful for. That’s all. In clinical setup this simple activity was enough to change attitude of people with pessimism gene within 30 days.
By the way gratitude seems to be a philosophical stone- a mean to enhance everything (in alchemy a philosopher stone was supposed to transmute anything into gold).
Scientists discovered that whatever they can measure—sales, health, relationships, salary levels, etc.—was better when brain was positive and as I said, gratitude has a power to switch your brain to positivity.
5. Raise your eyes.
This is an amazing quirk. When we look up, we subconsciously think about the future.
Which means we don’t dwell on the past and I found that in at least 90% of cases it’s ruminating about my past failures and shortcomings that causes depressing thoughts.
All of the above methods are ideal for a depressed person, who usually has not much reserves of willpower and energy. They are all quick, simple and effective.
I encourage you, to make each of them your daily habits. That way you will squash depression on everyday basis.
Well this’s a really tough job, I seriously accept this. When you’re depressed, you just aren’t able to think of anything, do anything, you’re simply a mess!
But the exact answer to your question depends upon the reason of your depression.
You can be depressed for many, many, MANY things! I don’t think listing them here would be great for anyone,as many will begin contemplating their life, doubting it, on seeing the contents of the list.
For instance, if you’re depressed because some failure (that too is subdivided into many categories) of yours, the answer is different.
But making just some wild guesses won’t be beneficial at all, so I’m giving a general answer.
Remember this thing,”The past, the present, the future, all matter, not equally, of course, but each have their very own importance. You need to learn from your past, not regret it. Never ever do it, as it ruins the most precious part, i.e. The present. And for your future’s case, plan, but don’t believe sternly in that everything’ll go as you’ve planned, exactly. And most importantly, the present’s all that you’ve got. Ruin it, you’ll have a dreadful past and future, utilise it, you’ll have wonderful past and future.”
You are what you are.! You’ll be what you’ll be! Nothing will matter then. Everything shall get really tiny for you then, and everything you’re depressed about right now, will make you think, why did you even get tense ever in the first place?
A tip for you: control your thoughts, it seriously helps (well it helped me).
And how to do it: Before studying, take a piece of paper with you, keep it with you once you begin studying. Then focus on the material as much as you can. Push the limits. Make yourself not think about it. Whenever your mind wanders, make a small box in the kept aside page, and no. It “1”, and then go two pages back. Re read what you just read, this time with more concentration, and more control. Again when your mind wanders off, make a box, and no. It, do it accordingly.
Once you’ve finished your studying for a day, look how many boxes you reached. Next day, before beginning to study, make boxes on a side page, one less than the no. Of boxes you reached the last time, and make sure you don’t outrun the no. Of boxes, if you do, do this again, again, again, again until you don’t cross the no. Of boxes limit. This way, you’ll control your thoughts, allowing you to concentrate on your studies.
All the best.
Live happily. Peace.. 🙂
In a depressed condition, you’re not likely to find any motivation in you. You’re most certainly just in survival mode, trying to get through the day. So, first things first, which is looking after yourself. The best thing is to reach out, either to a friend, a help line or a GP and admit that you feel depressed. With medication you’re more likely to manage better at first. This can take about 2 weeks to kick in. Once you feel better, find a way to address your mental health. There is a lot out there that you can do. Either ask your GP or google ‘self development’ or turn to ‘Mind’, the charity; they’re really good at pointing you in the right direction. So, self care is the first thing you need to do before you go outside in the big wide world.
You wouldn’t ask the question if you weren’t interested in studying in the first place. Ask yourself where the question comes from. Is it expected of you to study? Anyone in your family? If it’s not coming from you and your desire to study something, it most certainly needs some reflecting on. They might be ‘right’ in thinking that this is something you should do. They might also be wrong. You need to find that answer in you. Meditation helps, or reflective writing, or speaking with a friend, or – again – through some therapy, find what really drives you.
Only if you follow the path of your true purpose, you will find the right energy to go for it and do whatever it takes to get there.
First of all, Congrats. Even though you are depressed , you have made a positive decision of going ahead with your studies. That is the start my friend.
Now here is my answer for the big Question ( It may not be something new, but try it and do let me know, if it helps or not)
Try to find the little windows when the elephant ( depression ) is outside the room. Each one of us will have those moments when we are high again with the spirit of life even though we are dealing with depression, use those windows to do your work. “Even if its a long held chapter that you had thought to complete or the long pending assignment. Get it done with and get it done with fast. Because clock is ticking and window is closing.
Keep the Window unlocked to be used for next time: Interesting thing about these windows of energy you get while you are depressed is that its very limited and window gets shorter each time. By that I mean, you will have a smaller time of this high energy each consecutive time and it will be wasted and will continue to get shorter if you dont use it wisely. But if you decide to spend this time reading, studying, completing the long pending dead lines that you set for your self you will save your self a spark for the next time. And you can kick start where you left when the window is open again.
Let me share it with an example: I am inside my room and have not left it for 2 days and the last time i left it was for office. I am laying on the floor looking at the ceiling fan. I had been doing the same for some hours now. Suddenly I get this spark ( an you will understand if you have felt it ) to live again, use the time wisely. Immediately start a new topic or complete the incomplete one and Write down your achievement even if it was a small article in a big giant book. Now why I am focusing on studying rather than on planning is because if you spend this window planning and if the spark is gone before you actually do anything you will feel demotivated when the window opens again. But if you had actually finished a article or completed a chapter it will act as a booster the next time.
Make the window larger: When you feel window is about to close, start blabbering words from the book in your mouth. Blabbering will help you to keep your energy level in radar. If that does not work start dancing while holding your book in your hand and keep on studying.because dancing will help your mind to retain the energy level. Because its a physical exercise so even if your mind is losing the hope it will have to generate the adrenaline rush.
Open the Window with your will: Well this is the best thing I discovered by mistake. It was one of those days. I was alone, suddenly I closed my eyes, I had no thoughts nothing, it was void, null. I started concentrating on my breath and started chanting what i had learn or we all have learn from our childhood “ Om Namah Shivay “ I dont why, I kept repeating it for more than half an hour. I could feel my voice getting higher each time and i remembered i had not heard my voice for quite sometime. It felt very new, I kept on chanting and within few minutes I was crying loudly and still chanting. I felt something that day after so long. When I was done and I opened my eyes, I felt happiness. Because i had truly felt something that day. I had felt true sadness which made me cry which was better than the null and void. I opened the book and I was able to see and understand the words. I used meditation (chanting and the silence) many times after that to get my focus back. And i started noticing my voice while I was specking to someone else, which i had not done for a long time.
Break the Pattern : Depression unknowingly make your life a loop. Even if you dont notice. While i was depressed I went for shopping many times. But when i think about it now, i never bought anything for myself, instead i always came back with grocery bags in my hands. Try to find pattern in your life and try to introduce additional study hours in between to break the pattern. If you are studying for exams, keep one fictional or spiritual book. For example, When you are fed up with your studies start reading it, It will maintain your reading habit while providing you some time away from the routine. Go for jogs, even if its afternoon jogs. Dont worry about people. Anyhow you dont, right ?
I dont know, how much of this is going to help you , but do let me know if it does.
In the end I would like to say, Use your lost passion to make your profession. If you used to write, write those poems even the sad melancholy ones and study. If you like to take photographs, take camera and your books get out of the room. If you are sketch artist draw what you just read.
Help yourself. Because only you can. If you rely on others they may leave when you get better but then again you can fall back in the pothole. But if you decide to stand up, even if you fall you would know how to get back up .