Being a student is not as easy as it seems to be. Student life is as stressful as of others. With a lot of work pressure or responsibilities students these days started facing mental illness.
As per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),
- one of every fifth student aged between 13-18 are suffering from mental health issues.
- whereas of students develops mental illness prior to the age of 24.
Since this statistics of mental illness in students is increasing day by day, it becomes important to spread awareness about it in schools and colleges. Not just students, teachers and parents should also remain aware of the same. So that they can recognize the issue and can work on it before it gets worse.
Here are some mental health challenges that students face these days. This is just a guide, so that you can identify the concern and can cure it on time. To cure this issue, you must consult a medical professional.
It is the most common mental health disorder in students these days. Higher levels of stress and anxiety or struggle in adjusting in new environment makes the situation more worse. This generally leads in self harm or subside by the students.
The National Institute of Mental Health report stated that approximately
- 11% of children are diagnosed with a depressive disorder by the age of 18.
- On the other hand, 30% of college students are struggling in functioning because of depression.
Gender does not play a role in depression prior to puberty, but later girls are twice as likely to have mental illness i.e depression as compared to boys.
Students generally drops out of school due to depression. It is a common but serious mental illness. It makes you feel helpless and completely separated from the world. Likewise, it also makes everyday tasks such as working, studying, sleeping, and eating difficult.
- Anxiety and stress are part of people’s life. In today’s scenario, due to hectic lifestyle and overloaded work pressure each and every one feels stressed.
- When this anxiety starts interfering with your daily life, decreasing your ability to function, and causing an immense amount of stress as well as fear, it becomes a mental issue and should not be neglected.
- Now a day, anxiety disorders are quite common. Around 30% of students are suffering from anxiety. Due to carelessness, sometimes it reaches to the point that it becomes trouble making and could be classified as a mental disorder or illness.
- Anxiety hinders the academic success of students more than any other non-academic factors.
3. EATING DISORDER
- Eating disorders are behaviors, emotions, and attitudes of a person which can be noticed by their thoughts about food and weight. Students generally neglects this mental issue. This disorder can cause serious mental as well as physical problems which might result in life-threatening issues.
- The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in one of their reports stated that between the ages of 18-21, this disorder gets started. Also, it is studied that 20% of college students are impacted by an eating disorder.
- Anorexia and Bulimia are the two most common eating disorders seen now a days. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among any other mental illness, therefore it should be recognized and treated earlier to get better outcome.
- Since maximum number of college students are suffering by eating disorders, NEDA took a step forward and created an anonymous online screening tool. This helps college students determine if they are experiencing an eating disorder.
- Addiction of has become a common mental illness in students these days. An addiction is a dependency and repeated use of any substance. But it becomes harmful and a topic of concern when this substance is harmful such as drugs or alcohol.
- Now a day, students in the influence of others starts the consumption as a social tradition but with time it becomes an addiction.
A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that:
- 70% of high school students have tried alcohol
- 50% have tried an illegal drug and
- More than 20% have used prescription drugs for a non–medical purpose.
In adults, consumption of these can cause neurological damage. This may influence their academic performance as well as can harm their verbal skills and memory. Not just academic issues, students consuming these substances may also indulge in automobile accidents, violence, and unprotected sex.
5. PANIC ATTACKS
- Panic attacks are quick, non warning and uncontrollable actions that makes a person go crazy and about to die. These attacks leave students in shock and they become fearful of having another panic attack. Students generally to avoid situations of panic attacks, runs from the situations and this further leads to panic disorders.
- These attacks are generally experienced along with other mental health problems in students or mental health challenges. Panic attacks are so unmanageable that sometimes these leads to suicide.
- Panic attacks and panic disorders are treatable. You must consult a physician if you experience even one attack.
- Suicide is an act of taking one’s own life. Due to over work pressure, feelings of guilt, feelings of discomfort from teachers scolding etc are the reasons that students take this step.
- Many a time, because of strict parents or fun making friends, students won’t share their feelings to anyone and feels that taking their own life is the only solution to cope up with the situation. This mental illness not only affects the victim, but also affects his family or friends.
- This mental disorder does not have any particular symptoms, but if a person is talking much about feeling of being caught, burden or display a variety of moods, starts losing interest in activities they used to enjoy before etc are the signs that must be considered seriously.
- To avoid this situation to happen you must ask the person directly, or make his/her safety a priority, must remain in touch with them etc. This might help to divert their mind and help them to focus on other stuff.
- There are very common disorders related to mental health in students now a days. A proper medication and treatment is required to avoid situations to worsen.