Hi there. I'm sorry to hear that you are having problems with depression. I know it's very hard to take care of things in your life when you aren't feeling well. So first of all, I'm glad you're looking into some solutions. It's important that you feel better as soon as possible.
I would start by contacting the student health center at your college. You should be able to receive low-cost or no-cost counseling there, at least for a short time. You can also go to the student health center to talk with a Dr. about getting a prescription for an antidepressant. Getting on medication for awhile might be very helpful to you.
If these aren't options, or if you would like to try something on your own, I would then suggest you try some cognitive-behavioral exercises on your own. There are numerous workbooks you can use that will give you exercises to help with depression, anxiety
, etc. One I would recommend is Thoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life
by Matthew McKay, XXXXX XXXXX, and Patrick Fanning.
In addition, there are many supplements that some people believe are helpful with depression. You may want to do further research on these yourself, but check into St. John's Wort, SAMe, fish oil, and tryptophan. Many people believe these work as well as prescription antidepressants, while others believe they don't work at all. So do some research and see what you think.
But overall, if you can get to a Dr. for an antidepressant, I think that would be the best place to start. Your regular physician can prescribe it, or even your OB/GYN.
Best wishes, and please let me know if I can answer any further questions. Tamara