More and more students are taking mental health challenges with them to college. This eye-opening report on mental health conducted by NAMI details the types of issues facing college students.
Many mental health disorders surface during the teen and young adult years. Couple this fact with the stress and anxiety that often come with being away at college, and you may have a recipe for disaster. My son Dan is a good example. When he left for college, his OCD was manageable. By the end of his freshman year it had become so severe he was barely functioning.
So could Dan’s downward spiral have been prevented? Absolutely. If he had been able to be more open about having obsessive-compulsive disorder, not just with professionals, but with his peers, that would have been a huge plus. Instead, like so many other college students, he most likely believed he was the only one with serious problems. Just look at Facebook. Everyone is happy and smiling. With all of the pressure to appear well, it is easy to see how students would think that they are alone in their troubles.