Mental Health Problems Facing College Students.
Students have a huge amount of pressure to deal with. Getting good grades, being away from home for the first time, financial pressures and fitting in can cause anxiety and depression.
According To www.bestcolleges.com:
- One in four students have a diagnosable illness
- 40% do not seek help
- 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities
- 50% have been so anxious they struggled in school
College Drug Abuse
See what Soba College Recovery says about the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body
Use of alcohol and drugs affects both the body and the brain. In addition to the direct problems that substances wreak on the body, people often have poor eating and sleeping habits: this causes even more physical problems. A sedentary lifestyle combined with drug use, lack of sleep and a poor diet can result in significant impairment of brain functions, including: decreased motivation, problems concentrating, mood swings, irritability, and the causing or exacerbation of mental health diagnoses.
Prescription Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Stimulants are abused for many reasons, including –
– Help focus studying
44% use stimulants to study or improve academic performance
– Athletic performance
– Staying awake
31 % say they misuse or abuse them to stay awake
– Weight loss
66 % of college seniors will be offered prescription stimulants for non-medical use during their college career
31 % will use at least once
Full time college students are 2x more likely to abuse Adderall than their peers who aren’t in college.
Of those abusing stimulants, 57 % received the medication from a friend.
16 million prescriptions for stimulants like Adderall were written in 2012
That’s 3X more than in 2006
10 % report obtaining it from a family member
6 % from a “dealer”
Of those who abuse prescription stimulants:
60 % abuse Adderall
20 % abuse Ritalin
14 % abuse Vyvanse
All of which are prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)!
Above information on stimulants is provided by Teen Drug Abuse Prevention/Drug and Alcohol ABuse on Campus http://www.teendrugabuseprevention.com/drug-and-alcohol-abuse-on-campus/
http://collegetreatmentcenter.com A recovery assisted community for students in recovery
Phone: (732) 847-2870 or (800) 538-1205
- The American Psychological Association States:
- Anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent).
- On average, 24.5 percent of clients were taking psychotropic medications. However, 19 percent of directors report the availability of psychiatric services on their campus is inadequate.
- Directors report that 21 percent of counseling center students present with severe mental health concerns, while another 40 percent present with mild mental health concerns
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Online Resource for College Life/U Life Line
Be Aware of Drinking Dangers in College ( Thank you Beth McHugh from Road Safety Group)
Check out this Today Show segment on college drinking problems
Extreme Drinking on the Rise in College.