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Below are listed some of the most common mental health struggles among US college students.
Anxiety disorders cause people to have an overwhelming feeling of continual and unrelenting worry, angst, and fear. Below are several anxiety management techniques taught at the UD Counseling Center:
Who Gets Depressed?
Everyone feels 'down' or 'low' or 'blue' every once in awhile. It is a typical and healthy response to the everyday life disappointments, frustrations, separations and losses we all experience.
Depression is more common in women than men, and it can occur at any age. Depression is very complex and can be difficult to diagnose.
Major depression is diagnosed when someone experiences either of the first two symptoms in the following list, and at least four or more of the other symptoms, continuously over a two-week period and in a way that departs from normal functioning.
Loss in our lives is inevitable and grief is a natural way to deal with loss. The length of the grieving process varies from one person to the next. Even though grieving can be very painful, it should not be rushed. Try to situate yourself around supportive people who will allow you the time you need to grieve.
Ways of Coping with Grief
How to Support Those Who Are Grieving
Eating disorders are serious and complex diseases that affect men and women of all ages.
The most common eating disorders are:
How to recognize if you or someone you care about may be struggling with an eating disorder:
If you answered 'yes' to two or more of the above questions, you possibly could have an eating disorder.
Students studying for mid-terms, finals or even finishing up a paper can feel stressed and overwhelmed. They may be irritable, anxious, sad and tired. These can be typical responses to stress that will be alleviated once mid-terms are over. However, for some students these symptoms continue to persist and worsen. Symptoms that persist and worsen during the fall and winter months may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD symptoms include:
Seasonal Affective Disorder appears in the fall and winter months due to the diminishing exposure to sunlight. SAD affects about 5-13% of the population. The Mayo Clinic states that the decrease in sunlight affects circadian rhythm, serotonin and melatonin levels.
SAD can have a significant impact on a student's well-being and academic success. SAD is a real condition with treatment options which include:
These struggles can greatly interfere with everyday life and lead to many health problems. In addition, many symptoms of the above listed struggles are also symptoms of medical issues; for example, symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder include thyroid issues, chronic viral illness, and chronic fatigue.
If you think that you or someone you care about may be experiencing some of the symptoms listed above, it is important that you seek medical assistance. You should schedule and appointment with Dr. Rodriguez in the Health Clinic or meet with a UD Counselor.
If you are interested in learning more about these mental health struggles and their treatment, the links provided below will direct you to the relevant mental health pages on the American Psychiatric Association website.
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