- While starting this new college experience it is important to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students. Understanding where and when to seek help will help you find resources that facilitate a healthier and more successful college career. Whether it is you or a friend experiencing mental health issues, it is important to know how to take action.
- College can be an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Depression, anxiety, substance use, and eating disorders are common mental health issues on college campuses.
- Being anxious is a common feeling we all experience. As a new student this feelings can come often from being new to a university, new roommates, living away from home, living in a dorm, meeting new people, classes, tests, and homework. These butterflies in your stomach are actually useful to prepare us to face situations, rouses us to action, and helps us cope. But, for a person with an anxiety disorder, this usual helpful emotion can debilitating and make it difficult or nearly impossible to handle situations in their daily life.
- Types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, social phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) - Constant, severe anxiety that interferes with day-to-day activities.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) - Unreasonable thoughts, fears and obsessions that lead you to repetitive behaviors or compulsions.
Panic disorder - Characterized by frequent sudden attacks of terror, panic and constant fearfulness.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - A condition that’s triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.