COLLEGE LIFE

MENTAL HEALTH OF COLLEGE STUDENTS

According to an article in February of 2018 for the the HigherEdJobs...

1 in 5 college students will have depression and anxiety. 

The author, Dr. David Rosenberg, Wayne State University Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences states the following reasons.

1) Social Media and technology causing social impairment and isolation.

2) Excessive social media use also fosters a certain competition between one’s real life and one’s virtual life.

3) Mobile phones causing sleep disturbance and increase depression.

4) One study found that almost 50 percent of college students indicated they woke up at night to answer text messages.

5) Stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall sought prior to major exams improve grades and scores. Unsafely used, the side effects include depression and anxiety.

6) Rates of depression in our society have increased significantly over the past 20 years. More parents of college students have higher rates of depression. And since depression has a significant genetic component, the risk for depression in the children of a depressed parent is much higher than in the general population.

SAFE ZONES ON CAMPUS

According to an article, in the LA Times, Campuses are breaking apart into ‘safe spaces’ from emotional triggers.

 

Author and Sociologist Frank Furedi writes:

"Safe space activism stems primarily from the separatist impulses associated with the politics of identity, already rampant on campus. For some individuals, the attraction of a safe space is that it insulates them from not just hostility, but the views of people who are not like them. "

"Encouraging students to engage with the unfamiliar and account for their ideas used to be one of attributes of a vibrant academic institution. Today's university managers, however, are more likely to be complicit in relieving students of the uncomfortable burden of "being interrogated."

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