Experts state that mental health disorders among college students are increasing at alarming rates. Studies show that anxiety and depression are now commonly reported by college students, along with thoughts of self-harm and suicide. The perfect storm of sleep deprivation, academic demands, extracurricular activities, and even part-time employment, create a high-stress environment that is unsustainable. To cope, students may turn to drinking, drugging, or casual sex.
Millennials tend to be particularly susceptible to college stressors, according to experts, as modern technology has helped create a need for instant gratification and lack of tolerance for negative emotional states. According to the National Association of Mental Illness, normalizing mental health conditions is important, along with encouraging positive coping strategies, such as maintaining a healthy diet and getting sufficient sleep and exercise. Students and parents should familiarize themselves with a college’s counseling department and resources before the semester begins. Learn about the warning signs for mental health stressors and disorders and when and how to seek help.
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College and Mental Health
By Tara Ford, LCSW
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