One in four young adults, between the ages of 18 and 24, have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental illness and health issues in college students have increased dramatically since 2000.
More than 11 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated for anxiety in the 2016 and more than 10 percent reported being diagnosed or treated for depression.
64 percent of young adults who are no longer in college are not attending college because of a mental health related reason, according to the CSC. Depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are the primary diagnoses of these young adults.
A.P.A Symptoms of Diagnoses
- Behavioral: Changes in sleep habits, sleeping more or difficulty sleeping. Appetite changes, including either a loss of appetite or overeating
- Mood: Sadness, feelings of being overwhelmed, feelings of hopelessness, and feelings of powerlessness
- Cognitive: Seeing a glass ‘half-empty,’ having trouble concentrating and paying attention, resulting in difficulty in reading and completing work tasks
- Mood: fearfulness
- Behavioral: irritability, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, muscle pain and tension, headaches, frequent upset stomach or diarrhea
- Cognitive: trouble concentrating, feelings of stress and apprehension
- Mood: mood swings, sadness, elevated mood, anger, anxiety, apathy, apprehension, euphoria, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, or loss of interest or pleasure in activities
- Behavioral: irritability, disorganized behavior, aggression, agitation, crying, excess desire for sex, hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness, or self-harm
- Cognitive: unwanted thoughts, delusion, lack of concentration, racing thoughts, or slowness in activity
Without adequate treatment, young adults experiencing a mental health issue are more likely to receive lower GPAs, drop out of college or be unemployed than their peers who do not have a mental health challenge.
- One in four students have a diagnosable illness
- 40% do not seek help
- 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities
- 50% have become so anxious that they struggled in school
What You Can Do
- Be aware of yourself and others for these symptoms
- Be an active listener
- Avoid criticizing or belittling
- Reach out for help (know the proper channels/people)
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