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Mental Health has become a critical issue on college campuses. Here at BU, Behavioral Medicine clinicians report that the number of students in crisis coming in for help has increased sharply—from 647 in the 2014–2015 academic year to 906 last year. And the number of students needing medical transports for psychiatric evaluation has also risen, from 120 in the 2014–2015 academic year to 134 last year.

In light of this alarming trend, this week BU Today is republishing a special three-part series, “Mental Health Matters,” that was originally published last October. We have updated the series to include new statistics and information.

Jon was taking an EMT class at BU two summers ago, when “I could suddenly feel my own heartbeat. I could feel it,” he says. “It was really weird. For some reason I kept focusing on it, and it seemed to be just pounding out of my chest.”

Pain in his left arm followed. The SAR physiology student (he didn’t want his last name used) wondered if he was having a heart attack. But Jon was young and healthy, and the symptoms abated when he got home. When they returned a week later, his father took him to a local hospital. Nothing was wrong, he was told. Then it happened again.

His family doctor “was the first one to say, ‘I think you just had a panic attack,’” says Jon. He was stunned. “In my head, I was like, ‘Crazy people get panic attacks. I didn’t have a panic attack.’”

Students are reporting significantly higher levels of anxiety, depression, and stress-related problems than they have in the past.”

—Gregg Henriques

But after checking out the symptoms online and thinking about what his doctor had said for several weeks, Jon booked an appointment with staff at BU’s Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine, a step he says he found really relieving.

Jon is one of many. Across the country, college counseling centers and mental health clinics are reporting record numbers of students seeking help for issues such as anxiety and depression.

A 2014-2015 survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors found that 73.1 percent of counseling center directors reported an increase in the severity of student mental health concerns and related behavior on their campuses, while only 1.4 percent saw a decrease and 25.5 percent were unsure.

“The demand for service has absolutely increased and that’s a national trend,” says Carrie Landa, director of Behavioral Medicine. “Students are not only coming to school with preexisting mental health issues, but with additional stressors and anxieties about performance and fitting in socially.”

At BU, the number of students coming to Behavioral Medicine in crisis has more than doubled in the last four years, from 647 in 2014–2015 to 906 last year, a 40 percent increase. Last year, 134 students were transported to hospitals for psychiatric evaluation after reporting suicidal thoughts, attempting suicide, or being in the grip of mania or psychosis. That number is up from the 120 medical transports in 2014-2015.

The Healthy Minds Study, an annual national online survey of college students about mental health issues created by the University of Michigan, found that 67 percent of 2015-2016 BU students reported that there had been at least one day in the past month when emotional difficulty had impaired their academic performance, up from 53 percent in 2012, and 32 percent reported three or more such days. About 44 percent said they thought they’d needed mental health help in the past year, but only 48 percent of that group said they had received help.

Signs that a student may need help

  • Withdrawal from social contact or an overall contrast in behavior
  • Not taking care of themselves (hygiene, etc.)
  • Sleeping all the time
  • Signs of self-injury (cutting, etc.)
  • Increasing substance abuse
  • Giving away possessions
  • Social media posts alluding to suicide (“I can’t go on this way…)

“If you look at the national data across a wide variety of different indicators, it’s a pretty strong conclusion that college students are reporting significantly higher levels of anxiety, depression, and stress-related problems than they have in the past,” says Gregg Henriques, a James Madison University psychology professor and director of its Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology, who wrote about the topic for psychologytoday.com.

More seeking help for a complex matrix of causes

Landa says the number of cases of major mental illness such as bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders has remained fairly consistent, but in looking for causes to explain the recent climb in anxiety, she and others say today’s students seem less well-equipped to cope with problems that to a previous generation would have seemed normal.

The increase seems to have a complex matrix of causes, some of which simply reflect society at large, says Henriques. “But my short answer is, it does seem that there are a lot of developmental factors contributing to individuals not knowing how to relate to their emotional experiences, how to deal with adversity in a way that’s adaptive.”

Experts point to a range of issues, from the growing use of social media to helicopter parenting to the ever-increasing focus on preparing for a successful career as explanations for the growing number of students experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

College has always been a time of transition, as students learn for the first time in their lives to navigate living on their own, juggling the demands of course work and a social life, adapting to roommates, figuring out healthy eating and sleeping habits. “Stress is normal,” says Landa. “That is something I say 100 times a day, if not more.”

But if stress is normal, what accounts for the uptick in students with mental illness? Clinicians interviewed for this series say they’re seeing a generational change. “I think a lot of kids don’t know what productive struggle is,” says Dori Hutchinson (SAR’85,’96), director of services at BU’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and a Sargent College clinical associate professor. “When it’s hard, they think, ‘Why is it so hard? What’s wrong with me?’”

Clinicians say social media plays a role as well. Students carefully craft their public persona on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make themselves appear happy and successful. Many students who spend time on social media experience the phenomenon known as FOMO (fear of missing out)—and those who are struggling already may look at others’ feeds and feel even worse about themselves.

BU MENTAL HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS

The number of students given a regular intake evaluation when requesting assistance from Behavioral Medicine barely changed, while the number of those triaged for urgent evaluation grew by 40 percent.

2014-2015
Regular Intake2,137
Urgent Evaluation647
2015-2016
Regular Intake2154+ 0.79%
Urgent Evaluation906+ 40%

The instant nature of social media means there’s little time for problems to blow over or the pain of a romantic breakup to subside. Getting “a letter in the mail had a natural waiting period,” Landa says. “Now if someone doesn’t respond to your email or text right away, you’re devastated.”

Social media may also inhibit students’ ability to connect socially, because so much of their interaction now is electronic. “Students are afraid to talk to their professors because they don’t know how to have face-to-face interaction,” she says.

The trend of so-called helicopter parenting or snowplow parenting—where parents hover over teenage children and do much of their problem-solving for them—can also make it more difficult for students to learn to succeed on their own.

“I think parents’ reaction to their sons’ or daughters’ distress often sends a this-is-really-a-problem message as opposed to a this-is-a-normal-development one,” Landa says. “Homesickness is something that we’ve been experiencing for decades, but the reaction to it now is quite different.”

She says these social changes can exacerbate the major challenges that have always been there: a genetic predisposition to mental illness, a history of abuse, or the death of a parent or sibling.

Also, more students diagnosed with a mental illness are arriving at college than in years past. Advances in medication and care mean that young people who wouldn’t have made it to college or would have had to drop out because of their illness are able to have successful college careers.

Who’s most at risk?

Preethi (a pseudonym) says she started feeling overwhelmed just weeks into her freshman year. “I was high functioning, threw myself into work, involved myself in a lot of clubs, had a nice internship,” says Preethi (CAS’17), who began to suffer from anxiety and depression.

There were several factors that put her at risk. She had attended a small high school where she knew everyone in her graduating class. Arriving at BU, where the average freshman class hovers around 3,600, she felt she was failing to make friends or connections. She had trouble sleeping and noticed changes to her appetite, eating junk food like popcorn and ice cream for days at a time rather than healthful meals.

Her family’s cultural background (she comes from South Asia) made it difficult for her to talk about what she was experiencing. She says when she first told her mother about being depressed and anxious, her mother was reluctant to accept it.

Eventually, Preethi made an appointment at Behavioral Medicine, where she started seeing a psychiatrist and was later prescribed an antidepressant.

Other segments of the student population who have an increased risk of developing mental health issues are students who identify as LBGTQ. Despite all the positive movement around coming out and gender issues, not all families and not all communities are accepting of those who are LGBTQ, which can make life difficult for students who are coming to terms with their identity. “And what about an international student who comes to the United States and identifies as trans, but they’re Saudi and they don’t identify like that in their own culture—what happens then?” asks Landa.

International students are vulnerable because in addition to facing the same stressors as everyone else, they have to assimilate into a totally new culture and are far from their network of family and friends. Many feel increased pressure to excel because their families have sacrificed financially so they can study in the United States.

BU MENTAL HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS

Number of referrals provided by Behavioral Medicine to students for mental health treatment services in the community:

2014-2015
Referrals for Treatment1,587
2015-2016
Referrals for Treatment1,640+ 3%

Minorities in general are less likely to get treatment, Landa says, in part because it’s often less accessible. There’s a cultural element for some minority and international students that makes talking about family problems akin to airing one’s dirty laundry in public.

While varsity athletes don’t have higher rates of mental health issues, Landa says, the way they manage them can be different from the way an average student does. “If you think about being an athlete, it’s about endurance and tolerating the pain,” she says. “Getting them to acknowledge they’re struggling and to get treatment can be really hard.”

Behavioral Medicine: the first stop for those in need

There are several resources on campus where students can find help. They are the Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, the Danielsen Institute, and the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center. But for most students seeking counseling, therapy, and other mental health services, Behavioral Medicine is the first stop.

Treatment provided there is generally short term, ranging from a single appointment to a semester’s worth of care, although there is flexibility. Services are free. Those students needing specialized treatment or long-term care are often referred to one of the other centers on campus or to an outside provider, most of which are required by insurance to charge a copay.

Behavioral Medicine doesn’t maintain a wait list as do some centers at other schools. Appointments are booked from within a day or 2 to a week or 10 days out, depending on demand. The peak times of the year are early fall and the period from midterms to the end of a semester.

For psychiatric emergencies, Behavioral Medicine providers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 617-353-3569; emergency triage and walk-ins are available daily. “If a student is in visible distress, saying they’re really struggling or they can’t wait for the next available appointment, then we triage that patient,” Landa says. In some cases, students are transported to a hospital for further evaluation and care.

BU MENTAL HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS

Number of students transported from BU to hospitals for psychiatric evaluation:

2014-2015
Transported to Hospital120
2015-2016
Transported to Hospital134+ 12%

Landa says those struggling with serious mental illness while at school may still have to take a leave of absence—and the question of readmission and a derailed education can be a source of stress all its own. She chairs a University committee that has created a holistic readmission policy at BU. Now students who want to return after a medical leave—whether for an appendectomy or an episode of depression—will have their request brought to a review committee comprising representatives of the Dean of Students, the student’s college, and the University Service Center. The new process began last fall for students applying for readmission for spring semester.

For Jon and Preethi, contacting Behavioral Medicine was life-changing. Jon says that during his first counseling session, after he listed his symptoms, his therapist pulled out a copy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. “He asked me to read the symptoms of panic attack out loud, and I was like, damn, that’s it,” Jon says. “Everything was there—the heart palpitations, the flushed feeling, sweating, dizziness. He confirmed my diagnosis.” Jon continues to see a therapist at Behavioral Medicine periodically and says he has learned how to help stave off the panic attacks that plagued him.

Preethi’s experience has turned her into an advocate for others suffering from depression and anxiety. She says that too many students feel stigmatized by mental illness and are reluctant to acknowledge that they’re experiencing difficulties. Her mantra? “If you need help, get it.”

Landa says that it can be hard to get students to take a break from the very things that are stressing them out. They don’t feel they can afford it.

“Play, live—it’s not all work,” she says. “Giving students the tools to give themselves permission to do that is sometimes what therapy is all about.”

Those seeking free, confidential mental health counseling can contact Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine (617-353-3569) (available 24 hours for psychiatric emergencies), the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (617-353-3549), the Danielsen Institute (617-353-3047), and the Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (617-353-9610). Faculty and staff with mental health issues can contact BU’s Faculty & Staff Assistance office (617-353-5381). The Samaritans of Boston suicide prevention hotline is 877-870-4673. The Active Minds student support group is best reached through its Facebook page. For crises related to crime and interpersonal or sexual violence, BU’s Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (617-353-SARP) (7277). If you, or someone you know, have questions about their drug or alcohol use, Wellness & Prevention Services can help (617-358-0485). Students who require academic or other accommodations for a psychological disability can also consult with BU’s Disability Services (617-353-3658). Accommodations and services could include testing modifications, reduced course load, developing skills in self-advocating with faculty, executive functioning coaching, and more. Services are free and confidential.

Next, in part two of our series “Mental Health Matters,” we’ll look specifically at depression and anxiety among college students.

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Joel Brown, writer, BU Today at Boston University
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23 Comments on Mental Health Matters: A Growing Challenge

  • Autumn on 10.06.2015 at 10:19 am

    The first part of this article makes it seem like my generation Just Can’t Cope, as if we did this to ourselves. That’s pretty messed up to insinuate.

  • Anonymous on 10.06.2015 at 11:33 am

    It’s true that we can’t cope, but the reasons in this article are inaccurate. Autumn is right – we did not do this to ourselves and it’s wrong to suggest that we did. It’s not that students don’t know how to have face-to-face interaction with their professors, it’s that many professors are inaccessible on an emotional level; they don’t view students with the respect or sense of community they need in order to offer help, support, and guidance without judgment.

    The phrase “productive struggle” is also potentially dangerous to use – it runs the risk of glorifying excess stress. The majority of college students are neither ignorant nor incompetent. They are capable and intelligent and they embrace challenge – BU students specifically are known for being ambitious. To suggest that college students cannot gauge for themselves whether or not something is too hard (and implying that college students tend to overestimate, rather than understimate, the level of challenge and stress they face) does the exact opposite of enouraging students to seek help. It makes them feel invalidated and unworthy of help.

    • frustrated on 10.06.2015 at 2:49 pm

      As someone who suffers from anxiety problems, this kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It portrayed mental illness as something you decide to have. There is a difference between stress caused by laziness and a mental illness. For instance, Jon’s panic attack symptoms were physically debilitating and I would imagine that would make functioning at the pace BU requires very difficult which would probably stress him out even more. Yes, there must be a reason for an increase in mental health issues, but this article was quick to throw the blame on the students.

      • Anonymous on 10.06.2015 at 5:16 pm

        By “this rubbed me the wrong way,” do you mean the article or my comment? Just wanted to clarify since it was a reply to mine, but I completely agree with everything you are saying and I hope that came across. I apologize if it did not.

    • Derp on 10.03.2016 at 1:49 pm

      I think the original comment is spot on. I could not have said it better myself.

  • Alan on 10.06.2015 at 1:29 pm

    I think a great way to address the stress, anxiety, and depression that is so rampant is to build a stronger BU community through more wellness events within the housing system and on campus. Adjusting to college, tackling classes, and making new friends can be a difficult transition. The more support we have from our peers, which could be facilitated by the school, the better off our students would be. This won’t address everything, but it’s a start.

  • Anonymous on 10.06.2015 at 3:11 pm

    I would like to reiterate some of the concerns expressed in the comments. For the director of Behavioral Medicine to approach statistically higher levels of stress by suggesting that there is a generational breakdown is ill founded and appalling. Under the same logic, one could argue that previous generations have had the same amount of stress but felt unable to seek help or resources beyond them. Where both arguments may sound fulfilled, there are more accurate and assistive approaches. We should be trying to treat the individuals that are in need instead of creating an environment that places blame on a discriminate group. Comparing this article to the ones on sexual assault, this article fails in encouraging self care and general well being. I expect more from Boston University and Behavioral Medicine.

  • Anonymous on 10.06.2015 at 6:09 pm

    Well… If I ever need proof that Psychology is an inherently flawed science, I know which article to share. Really, placing the blame of increased stress on students? It’s not difficult at all to see why there are increases in stress and mental disorders in colleges; each year the tests keep getting harder, each year there is an increase placed on ‘the importance of testing’, each year every class asks for more commitment, almost as if said class ‘deserves’ to take up huge quantities of a student’s time, each year more and more personal time is taken away from students, and each year all of the previous are simply labeled as ‘normal college life’. With the propagation of the idea that such large rises in the level of difficulty for every college student in my generation are what is ‘normal’ and ‘expected of each individual’, it should be obvious that massive amounts of stress on said students will occur. It is a fact that the baby boom generation had jobs available when they graduated, and they didn’t have the immense student loan debt that we have as well. So why wouldn’t we be more stressed? Why would it be unexpected to see rates of suicidal thoughts increase? Placing the blame of increased stress on students… utterly ridiculous.

    • Bob on 10.03.2016 at 2:07 pm

      This.

  • BUBetch on 10.06.2015 at 6:09 pm

    I got to BU in spite of my depression and anxiety. I’m here for a second graduate degree and reading this article makes me weary of reaching out for help. Perhaps the numbers are greater not due to generational laziness or inability to cope; rather, we as a society are finally, albeit slowly, making treatment for mental illness less taboo. I see a lot of causation without correlation.

  • Anonymous on 10.06.2015 at 6:30 pm

    I didn’t like this article. At all. I thought I was just being too sensitive but it seems like people here agree with me as well. As a freshman at BU I experienced intense depression and anxiety, to the point where I stopped talking to people, stopped going to class, stopped eating, and slept all the time. I felt like I was in a fog. It was awful. And to point at this and say “that’s an effect of helicopter parenting” or “that’s because of bad coping skills” or to insinuate that previous generations could manage better is silly. It’s such a simplification. First of all, I imagine that depression and anxiety have always been part of the human condition. Now, people feel that they can more easily get help, or are more open to the thought of help, which I view as a good thing.

    People need to realize that while school stress can highlight anxiety or depression, it’s often not the cause of it. Maybe it’s just the way this article is set up or how certain words are highlighted. I’m sorry, but for me, saying that students don’t understand “productive struggle” is awful. “Struggle” was my entire first semester of college. Maybe Hutchinson’s words have a different context, but I find them insulting, and I think most people who have struggled with any sort of mental health problem would too.

  • Nobody on 10.07.2015 at 2:45 am

    I think you all have overreacted to the “productive struggle” comment. I agree, younger generations seem to think any effort they put into anything is deserving of an award or recognition. Have you not ever sat down and had a conversation with your aging family members or any elderly person. I have suffered with anxiety and panic most of my life and it has been debilitating at times. Preventing me from leaving the house and entering a grocery store. Lost a home, children and lived in a car.
    You better get use to stress, feeling unappreciated, betrayed, feeling exhausted sometimes completely hopeless, fear that almost paralyzing while still moving forward and wishing you had the time to breakdown and cry but your to busy.
    Today people complain about how difficult their life is or stressful (and it probably is) not everyday, month or even year is going to be a good one. If you are hardly in your 20’s get ready because most likely the worse is yet to come.
    Back in the day people didn’t have time to think about their mental state which was probably a good thing, they just got up everyday and embraced it even when it sucked.
    I’m not saying not to get the appropriate mental health care and address these issues because I certainly understand the despair and panic.
    However, knowing my fathers and many other elder adults in their 70’s and 80’s who were working a few jobs at age 11, raising and purporting their families while putting themselves through college at and still working 17 hour shifts, never once complaining. We live in a society where everyone wants someone to fix their problems or concerns instantly requiring the least amount of effort on their part. Maybe instead of reaching for pills an exercise program that requires breaking a sweet could be helpful.
    Read the book mentioned above and bet you will have a different perspective on nj
    We all have our own coping skills and the more healthy ones you have the better off you willmbe
    Read the book “year of wonders” by Geraldine Brooks

    • Dan on 10.07.2015 at 8:50 am

      The problem with your overall point of view is that people who have lived through the “good” old days are an incredibly biased sample- they are the ones who, with ease or hardship, were able to adapt and survive. Because the people of their generation who had mental or social difficulties were basically abandoned by the system, due to lack of available treatment and lack of recognition that mental problems could (or should!) be treated at all.

      You don’t see them today because they died from neglect, or dropped out of society, or wound up in prison.

      It is almost certain if you talk to members of the older generation you won’t have to look very far before hearing stories about some of their relatives who didn’t make it, but if they’d had access to modern “coddling” would have had a better chance of treating their issues.

    • Anonymous on 10.07.2015 at 10:35 pm

      Coming from a situation where I had to support my family with several jobs in a low income neighborhood and still getting into BU does not mean that I have overcome my mental illness. Just two years ago, I was in a desperate and dangerous place. Had I not started seeking treatment for my rapidly developing bipolar disorder, I most certainly would have been seriously debilitated or worse. After several desperate attempts, I was fortunate to find a medicine that works effectively for me. This isn’t the case for every situation. The current options for pharmaceutical treatment are limited and there is little information about how the drugs work with the brain. A perfect example of the current struggles of college students can be found in Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury, a book which was written in the 1920’s and a brilliant mind was lost to mental illness. This is a topic that should not be treated with such flippancy. I hope that previous generations will be assistive instead of dismissive.

  • nobody on 10.09.2015 at 2:18 pm

    There is really no such thing as the “good old days” maybe “good” times in someone’s life.
    I certainly don’t think things are less stressful now as compared to the “good old days”. That’s an illusion people make up in their heads and want to believe. People have been struggling for centuries with hardships, mental health issues, financial, and other difficulties. Also, there may be times in one’s life when they need medication for mental health purposes, however that does not mean they will always need medication. It’s not unheard of that people are suffering with symptoms that can be named “depression, bipolar, OCD and other disorders at some point in life, that does not mean one will always have them or have then at that severity level or require medication for the rest of their life. There are alternative methods for dealing with many of those symptoms that have been diagnosed as clinical but it requires effort, commitment, time, and getting use to being uncomfortable and realizing stress is part of life for almost everyone. We are a country and society that wants to label every behavior, feeling, emotion or lack there of as a symptom(s) that meets the criteria for a mental disorder of some sort. Most people want a quick fix and the least amount of effort spending time utilizing other methods that can help counteract or alleviate many of the symptoms. Once again I’m not suggesting one should not seek professional help. It has been my experience that those who are suffering with some of the most severe of mental health issues are taking the least amount of medication and function very well in society, for example Schizophrenia. It has been my experience that those who have been diagnosed with other mental health issues seem to be on way to much medication and if many of them would add exercise, yoga, meditation or other activities to their lifestyle many of those symptoms would be less severe, disappear or at least give relief to them just as a prescribed pill does. Considering the current state in this society and the huge number of people on prescribed medications as compared to even 15 years ago, why is it that we have more violence, more children in foster care, more behavioral problems, suicide, more anger, even from those on medication? You would think with all this awareness, people seeking help and taking prescribed meds our society would be less dangerous, angry and doing well or happier, but its not.
    This is what confuses me. Maybe we are addressing these issues wrong or with one option, prescribed medication. Like telling someone the only way they can stay clean and sober is through AA/NA. Yet after years and decades of never sustaining any sobriety through 12 step programs, coffee commitments, completing the 12 steps with a sponsor many times, attending 90/90 and 5 meetings a week cant stay clean and sober? We push pills and forget to mention the alternatives or don’t even bother suggesting them because everyone one wants quick, simple, easier way and then they think that’s the answer for the rest of their life, just stay med compliant and I will feel well.

  • FatirSid on 06.24.2016 at 3:00 am

    College life is filled with mental stress and anxieties. It help you learn how to deal with them in the best way possible.

  • Ellen young on 10.03.2016 at 8:50 am

    Well, this article confirms for me BU’s continuing position of blame the student but pretend to help. My daughter (who is now doing well, has a full time management position, and is attending college full time, so is pretty adept at handling stress), went to the administration at the honors college for help with anxiety and was repeatedly blown off. She went to her RA and was blown off. She went to 4 professors and 1 ( yes, only one) tried to help and got her an appointment at the health center. Go ahead, blame the student, blame the parents ( although no one called even though she expressed suicidal ideation), but put some blame on the environment you create – one of taking pride in being tough (which is not the same as excellent).

  • Student Curriculum Committee on 10.03.2016 at 10:52 pm

    To our peers concerned about mental health on campus: attend our open-forum meeting, Tuesday, October 4th from 5:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. in CAS 533B, Geddes, where you can share your opinions on the matter. Check out our Medium Blog for more details!
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  • Anonymous on 10.04.2016 at 6:46 am

    Although my transgender mtf daughter graduated w double degrees and very proud to be a BU alum, her 1st and only experience with the BU mental health department was a traumatic event. Upon opening up to what she believes was a grad student perhaps, definitely not a professional, she was met with a gasp, bewilderment and persuasion that this couldn’t be the right path for her. She left feeling lower than when she arrived and near suicidal. If this is any insight into BU’s mental health department, they have a long way to go. Feel free to pass my comment on to the department chair.

  • Anonymoustoo on 12.12.2016 at 3:41 pm

    College work is much harder than it was a few years back. It’s harder to get in, and harder to keep up decent grades for graduate schools. Parents are more neurotic than before, because they’re paying more, so the kids are more stressed out. And yes, like all doctors, some mental health practitioners are better than others so students should check out who they’re seeing before they do. Finally, yes, there needs to be some training for the faculty who are clueless when it comes to communicating with students.

  • techkhalifa media on 12.19.2016 at 3:48 am

    I think with more and more pressure in the study at college cause this kind of thing is hard to avoid. Perhaps the presence of friends to talk, share problems or issues that can reduce stress levels

  • Cristina on 02.15.2017 at 10:18 pm

    This piece “Growing Challenge, more students seeking help- a look behind the numbers,” I found to be a very touching person and overwhelmingly accurate research. As stated mental health has become a critical issue on college campuses effecting many lives across the country. Post graduate students are suffering depression, anxiety and all other different mental health issues. “Students are reporting significantly higher levels of anxiety, depression, and stress related problems then they have in the past,” i found to be a very interesting and interesting quote. The first question that pops into my head is why now? Why now is there an increase in post graduate depression among other times? Societal stressors? Peer pressure? Self Esteem? Salary? Making parents proud? These are all questions that i think about why one may experience post graduate depression. There is so much pressure put on a young adult once graduating in school to find a good job right away and start making money and use your degree to your full advantage, you don’t want to disappoint your parents. But what ever happened to human error? Isn’t it possible and humane for a person to change their mind in what they want to do for the rest of their lives, or maybe even explore and see what else could be out there? There is always the fear of worrying, “what am I going to do next” living in the future and not in the present is an anxiety prone trigger that may cause panic attacks or one to suffer from depression or anxiety. Moreover I found this research to be something a lot of people can relate to no matter what university is attended and could be further research to develop ways to prevent depression and anxiety in post graduate students.

  • Susan George on 06.15.2017 at 8:43 am

    I think its really important topic, students have started taking drugs and other things to reduce depression and tension of studying. There should be counseling sessions that would improve thinking of students.

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