Depression in College Students Thispaper will explore depression in college students along with the extent of theissue, effects, resources and coping strategies.
Depression is much more thanregular sadness. According to the Americanpsychological association when people have depression they may experience alack of pleasure and interest in their daily activities. They might experiencesignificant weight loss or gain, lack of energy, insomnia or excessivesleeping, inability to concentrate, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, andrecurrent thoughts of death or suicide. As men and Women progress in theircollege careers it isn’t uncommon for them to experience stress or depression.More and more students are reporting havingfeelings of depression and anxiety than ever before. Another study by the Journal of Abnormal Psychology said that theeffects of having depression as a young adult are carried on into adulthoodeven after they graduate from High School or College. “They were more likely to perform poorly at work,have social difficulties, have a low quality of life and physical well-being”(APA 2003). Depression can affect every aspect of a person’s life.
When astudent has depression it can take a toll on their work, relationships,self-esteem, and could potentially ruin their future if it gets too out control.One Reason behind this could be that collegestudents have more complex problems than they did over a decade ago. Includingboth the typical expected college student problems as well as the more severeproblems like the issues discussed in this paper. A study involving 13,257students seeking help at a large Midwestern university counseling center over a13-year period found that the increases in their problem were striking. Itfound that the number of students seen each year with depression has doubled.What’s more disturbing is that in a study by the American Psychological Association found that throughout 70 colleges anduniversities students who filled out a review on suicidal experiences reportedhaving at least one episode of suicidal thinking at some point in their lives.
Around fifteen percent of students surveyed have reported to seriouslydeliberating attempting suicide. Within this study they also discovered thatmore than five percent reported making a suicide attempt at least once in theirlifetime. This is well over the amount it should be.Researchers are examining the effect of mentalhealth in college students to better help them in the future.
But there is somuch more that needs to be done if we want to really help student who arestruggling now. “Students who struggle are more likely to drop out ofschool, but by providing services for their anxiety, depression andrelationship issues, we can help them manage these issues, focus on theiracademics and learn new ways to be in the world.” (Louise Douce, Ohiostate university). To help students succeed and cope with their depressionthere needs to be help available at any point in time during their collegeexperience.