A new study by the University of California, Berkeley, is causing researchers to sound an alarm: Anxiety disorder is on the rise among college students.
The title of the report calls it an epidemic: “Anxiety Disorder on College Campuses: The New Epidemic,” and shows that students who had been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety disorder in the last 12 months doubled, from 10 percent in 2008 to 20 percent in 2016.
“A lot of students are uncertain about their future – it’s hard for them to envision a bright future for themselves,” Ron Lutz, director of counseling services at Sacramento State, told the Sacramento Bee. “Those 18 to 26-year-olds are especially vulnerable because they haven’t been through a lot of life experiences.”
According to the American College Health Association-2017 National College Health Assessment, the top three mental health concerns facing college students are anxiety, depression and stress. Forty-five percent of college students said they experience "more than average stress," and 87 percent said they felt overwhelmed by all they had to do at least once in the previous year.
Causes of stress can range from demands of school, work, family life and finances. Unmanaged stress can lead to an upset stomach, headaches, exhaustion, difficulty sleeping and depression, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Purdue University Global offers the following guide to stress management, which includes eating well, exercising, journaling, planning and reaching out for help and support.
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