I'm someone who tends toward melancholy, but I'd never say that I've been clinically depressed (although it does run in my family). Right now though, I'm about to go through some enormous life changes (finishing my masters degree and moving across the country), and the stress has hit me over the past week in a major way. Deep despair and depression are the only words I can use to describe it. I know that it can be attributed to the stress in my life, my fear about the future, and my difficulty with dealing with change- I know this and that it will pass but it is unbearable right now. I have been weeping profusely on and off for the past five days, and not sleeping well. I wake up in the middle of the night extremely itchy, as if there are bugs crawling all over me. I thought I had fleas in my bed until my mom told me that this is a typical symptom of anxiety. Because of this I can't sleep well, which surely aggravates the problem. My boyfriend, whom I live with, also left for a two-week trip to France, and being in an empty apartment, sleeping alone...just typing this makes me start to cry again. I know he'll be back soon, but for some reason it is hitting me HARD. To the point that I've started to research codependency. I'm trying to keep motivated and get out of the house- I try to work out every day and spend time out of my apartment. Even so, I had to rush out of the grocery store yesterday because I was about to break down and didn't know why. I feel better when I'm out with friends, but when I get home alone it all floods back. It doesn't help that my class load is light right now, so I don't have any structure in my daily life to keep me motivated or keep me consistently around people I know. I'm trying to create structure for myself but all that I want to do is sleep so I have fewer hours in the day to fill. The thought of having to go through this every day until my bf comes back just makes it worse. Does anyone have any advice on how to cope with this kind of depression and anxiety that comes out of life change? I have faith that it will diminish once my body has the time to process it, but right now it's awful. I don't want to go on anti-depressants because it's not a constant problem for me, but I'm curious about homeopathic remedies. I'm thinking about going to a counselor at my university this week. I wish I could today, but it's saturday... I should mention that at 25, my periods are only just becoming regular (and I'm in it right now), so those hormonal shifts probably aren't helping. Please help.