Dr. Keenan’s Guide to Dealing with Depression

Depression & Addiction:
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), approximately one in five Americans suffering with a mood disorder like depression is also battling with alcohol addiction or some other type of chronic substance abuse.

Conversely, about 20 percent of all individuals addicted to alcohol or drugs also experience some level of depression, anxiety, or other mood-related disorder.

On their own, these issues can feel absolutely debilitating and dramatically lower your quality of life. But when they’re combined, the consequences can actually be fatal.

What is it about these two issues that makes them happen in unison? Dr. Keenan and Dr. Cohen explore the answers to that question and more in the article: https://www.inpatientdrugrehab.org/depression/

 

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Our Exam Checklist #MotivationMonday

Feel prepared and ready to go the next day. Night before your exam:

  1. Pack the night before! Make your exam checklist.
    • Here is an example of my exam checklist:
        • student ID/ID with a photo
        • pens, pencils, erasers, sharpener, highlighters, rulers
        • 2 bottles of water (remove the labels)
        • watch (not a smart watch)
        • 2 packs of tissues
        • layered comfortable clothing (some exam rooms are too hot and others are too cold)
        • light snacks or lollies to reward myself in a 3 hour exam
        • an approved calculator (if required)
        • allowed notes or textbook (for open book exams)
        • and anything else I think I will need for the particular exam
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12 things I tell myself when I don’t want to study #MotivationMonday

Sometimes, studying can be overwhelming for me. I write down the things I want to achieve today and achieve this week and realised there was quite a bit to do since it’s week 12.

These are 12 things I tell myself when I feel a little demotivated and a little overwhelmed. These are my own things and they may not apply to you. I am sharing this in hope you can find some of it hopeful.

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Sleepy hygiene #MotivationMonday

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Restless nights, followed by tiring mornings and always feeling like you can never catch enough sleep?

Like how we have habits to keep our teeth clean and our studies done, we have habits that affect our sleep.

Sleep hygiene describes good sleep habits. Here are some advice to help you get a good night’s sleep from a student. Most of these are common sense but the hustle and bustle of the modern and uni life makes most of us neglect some of our common senses and self-care.

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English Connect

Free sessions for anyone who needs help with English!

Peer Support is a way to boost your written or spoken academic English one-on-one. It runs Week 3 – 13, Monday to Friday 11am – 3pm in Career Connect (Ground Floor, Campus Centre). No bookings required!

Let’s Chat is a fun way of learning spoken English. It covers conversation, including Australian slang and accents and is a great way to make friends. Register from July 11!

For information, check out the website at https://www.monash.edu/students/conversational-english/ or contact english.connect@monash.edu

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Study tips from a serial procrastinator….

Here are some more tips to get you studying hardersmarter.

1. Use a strange (but still legible) font for your study notes.

You will have to put more effort into reading them therefore you are less likely to skim and more likely to retain what you’ve read.

2. Teach what you have studied.

You are 50% more likely to remember something that you’ve said as opposed to have read. Take advantage of this by teaching a friend or family member who is new to the topic. You will soon realise what you don’t understand and questions they have can test your knowledge.

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