Mental Health in College Students

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Mental Health in College Students

In general, about 26% of people in the United States over the age of 18 have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. Some of these issues begin as early as age 14, and most start by age 25. What this means is that many of our high school and college students may be experiencing mental health issues.

College in particular can be a really difficult time for students. Moving away from home, having a heavier workload and more responsibilities, and dealing with social pressures can all be significant stressors. Recent research has shown that college students are being diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks more often than in the past. Estimates have also suggested that between 6 to 9% of college students have thought about suicide. The good news is that more students than ever are willing to seek help at college counseling centers. In one study, approximately 20% of students used on-campus mental health services.

With these findings, there are a few things parents and students can do. First, it is helpful for mental health issues to be identified early, so that students can get treatment. Testing or visiting a mental health professional are the best approaches. If a student does struggle with significant mental health issues, he or she may be able to get certain accommodations in college if evaluated by a qualified professional. Second, if students struggle with mental health issues in high school, considering a school’s mental health resources may be a useful part of college selection. Almost all schools have on-campus counseling services, but they may range in amount of providers or availability of appointments. Some may partner with outside agencies to help provide treatment. Third, students may benefit most from college environments that promote health in general. A campus culture that encourages adequate sleep, exercise, and stress reduction is key.

By |2019-02-03T00:40:18+00:00January 7th, 2019|

About the Author:

Dr. Stephanie M. Fox
Dr. Fox’s professional training took her throughout the Four Corners area, which inspired her practice name. In 2009, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Denver in 2012, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in 2016. Throughout her training, Dr. Fox has had an extensive assessment background, including conducting diagnostic, forensic, and educational/achievement evaluations with adolescents and adults. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, and completed her postdoctoral work in private practice in personality and psychoeducational evaluations. Collectively, Dr. Fox has completed hundreds of evaluations covering a diverse range of issues. Dr. Fox is licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Colorado (#4709), and is also nationally certified as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register (#55849). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Colorado Psychological Association, and Colorado Assessment Society.