Mental Health On College Campuses
Why Students Are Facing Psychological Problems
Young adults, especially college students (aged 18-24) are the most common group of people to struggle from psychological problems. The two most common psychological problems found on college campuses are anxiety and depression. Psychological problems have always been relevant in our society, but up until a decade or so ago, there has been a significant rise in the numbers of those who struggle with anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that the most significant rises are on college campuses.
Students have to balance many parts of their life to ensure success throughout college. Sometimes, balancing things such as academics, athletics, and one’s social life can have significant impacts on sleep patterns, stress levels, and much more. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 40 million young adults experience anxiety. Within that number, 75% experience it by age 22 or in college. Although anxiety is the biggest mental health problem on college campuses, depression is also showing an increase in the past decade.
With anxiety, there can be a variety of disorders associated with it. For example, someone may be suffering with anxiety, which is defined as having excessive worry or anxiety. However, some have more of a specific disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and phobias.
Many of these disorders, and more, are becoming more prevalent on college campuses due to the pressure that students are under. Students across the country are urged to reach out for help from friends, family, and student resources including Health and Wellness, to see what programs are available for them.
One of the best way to protect your mental health against the symptoms of college-related stress is to establish a healthy academic-life balance. It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating properly, exercising, and doing something that makes you happy.