Anxiety as a College Student

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The anxiety that comes with beginning a new semester in college can be overbearing. In recent studies, Universities are finding alarming numbers of anxiety and depression on campus. A survey conducted by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors had results pointing to a growing mental health epidemic. In the end, the study surveyed that, “Anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent).” For more information on this study check out the AUCCCD article.

Why College Can Be Stressful

Enrolling in college is a big step in a new direction. New living situations, autonomy with life and school functions. These new beginnings can pose serious mental stress on students getting used to living and learning on their own. Consequently, the stress brought upon by so many fresh experiences can be a heavy mental load.

Identity Disorientation

Most fresh college students are exploring a new personal identity. This is a complicated time to absorb information while navigating social dynamics. Stress and anxiety can follow this journey, the ability to manage feelings of unrest will create a productive learning and growth environment.

Financial Responsibility

The stress of financial responsibility is a large factor when investing in higher education. Hopes of making a comfortable, livable salary is only part of the educational weight. Once the degree is earned, students can be left with a mountain of debt, becoming another life stressor. Furthermore, the fear of not getting the job needed to continue a fiscally successful life weighs heavy on college students.

Expectations

As a new student at University, the world holds a lot of expectations. Some are internal but many are external. Often, the outside world can dictate educational decisions in a certain direction. Self-reflection in conjunction with a solid support system will aid in maintaining reasonable expectations.  

Seeking Help?

If you are experiencing an unusual amount of stress from reaching goals in education or careers, speak with someone about your treatment options. Ketamine therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety related to stress. This treatment option could be a great way to repair your anxiety. Call Ketamine SLC at (385) 474-6946 for a free consultation.

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