College Life and Mental Health
Enthusiasm to excel in life, a decisive urge to learn new things, enjoying the moment of “been there, done that,” and experiencing an adrenaline rush by doing exciting things is what describes the life of a college student. Ironically, as the globalized world banks on its youth population, there has been a significant rise in the number of college students grappling with serious mental health problems.
Treatable mental health illness and related behavior problems have increased considerably in college students. In the process of trying to juggle school, work, friends, and family while trying to figure out the rest of the life, college students are gradually facing problems of depression and anxiety disorders. In the past decade, this shift has not only solidified, it has reached increasingly higher levels.
A 2013 survey sponsored by the American College Counseling Association found that 95 percent of counseling center directors reported seeing a greater number of students with severe psychological problems than in previous years, and 73 percent noted increases in the number of crises requiring immediate response. This survey has been quoted by the Boston University’s news website in an article, titled “Mental Health Matters: A growing challenge.”
In a 2010 survey conducted by the American College Health Association, highlighted by American Psychological Association on its website, 45.6 percent of the students surveyed reported feeling that things were hopeless and 30.7 percent said they felt so depressed that it was difficult to function during the past 12 months. The most common of these disorders faced by college students were depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and self-injury.
Source: Mental health awareness: College life and mental health crisis." Sovereign Mental Health. N.p., 10 May 2016. Web. 14 July 2017. <http://www.sovmentalhealth.com/blog/mental-health/mental-health-awareness-college-life-and-mental-health-crisis/>.