Culture Shock: Depression in a Foreign Country Like 0 Twitter Brianna Lusby Follow July 23, 2016, 9:12 a.m. in Life and Styles Views: 745 Like us on facebook In the States, I was diagnosed with depression. Before I left it was under control and I didn’t think it would affect my trip to Jordan. When I got to Jordan, I had some difficulty adjusting, but I was fine for a couple weeks and I believed the problems were over. However, a few weeks after that I started developing something that felt like depression. I was scared. I know what depression feels like at its worst. I’ve experienced severe depression, and I didn't want to take everyone I care about on that roller-coaster. I didn’t want to make my boyfriend, my father, and my grandparents worry about me again. I didn’t know how to stop what was happening. I didn't do any research about culture shock before this, so I googled extreme culture shock symptoms to see if that was the cause. It turns out, culture shock can manifest just like depression, and I was confused. I was surprised because I though culture shock would look like anxiety, not knowing what to do or not wanting to leave the house because it’s stressful. However, sometimes it looks like depression where a person doesn't want to do anything because it's too hard, and they have little motivation. I thought I was losing my mental health again. I had no idea about what to do to stop it from happening, and I doubted what everyone in the States assumed: that everything would be better once I got on the plane home. I thought that my depression wouldn't go away because of a twenty hour plane ride. Culture shock might go away once I get home though, and I hope it does. Published by Brianna Lusby Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments Related Article Life and Styles DEAR WOMEN Life and Styles Escape from the BS Life and Styles It Is Still August Right?