College life is not always filled with the joys of learning or making new friends. It can also be stressful resulting in mental problems such as depression or anxiety. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 75 percent of all mental health problems commence before one turns 24. Statistics by NAMI reveal why the age at which one attends college is so crucial.
In recent times, college counselors have been warning about the increasing number of students seeking help for their mental illnesses. According to a 2016 report by the Penn State University Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), which includes information obtained from students at 139 institutions, nearly 26 percent of the total respondents who had sought help reported that they had harmed themselves at will, while more than 33 percent had contemplated suicide.
The CCMH report suggests that the number of students with suicidal thoughts considerably increased when compared with the previous year’s figures. Stressing the same, Ashley Stauffer, project manager for the CCMH, said, “What has increased over the past five years is threat-to-self characteristics, including serious suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behaviors.”
In a separate information provided in the 2016 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Education Research Institute analysis of freshers, an estimated 12 percent said that they frequently suffered from symptoms of a depressive disorder. In addition, college counselors are witnessing gradual transformation of student’s problems to more serious forms of illnesses. Experts attribute the worsening of mental health crisis among college students to prolonged periods of being away from family for the first time, increased accessibility of illicit substances including drugs and alcohol, along with stress associated with academics.
Early diagnosis key to treatment for mental disorders
Most college students are afraid to ask for help fearing that they would be labeled as dangerous or subject to discrimination associated with mental illnesses. However, students are advised to share their problems with their guardians or loved ones. The need to address the anguish of mental problems is necessary and timely treatment is the key to solving such problems. NAMI lays down following guidelines for parents with wards seeking solutions to their mental problems:
- It is necessary to inform children about the prevalence of mental illnesses so that they don’t feel alone.
- Affected students must be explained the significance of regular exercise, adequate sleep and wholesome diet.
- One must be informed about the warning signs of stress and trauma associated with mental illness. It is necessary to educate one’s wards about potential symptoms of psychiatric problems that mostly go unnoticed due to ignorance and carelessness.
Making treatment an inevitable choice
The shackles of mental disorders may be difficult to get rid of. However, mental health disorders can be treated with timely medical intervention. If a person is suffering from any kind of psychiatric illness, he/she should immediately seek professional help from a reputed mental health care provider. Remember that mental health disorders can have life-threatening consequences if left untreated.
Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone suffering from mental health issues. Sovereign Health of California’s Los Angeles center is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to treat a mentally ill patient holistically. If you or your loved one is grappling with depression or any other mental problem, call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with one of our representatives to get complete information about our mental health facilities in Los Angeles and other parts of the U.S.