• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 10 comments on Mental Health Matters: Anxiety and Depression

    1. Books are a great resource as well. I read the books by mark hyman, and i read the book Presence and Positivity the new energy sources of the 21st century by victor hagen . it solved So much for me, not only anxiety but also gave me a lot of new energy

  1. What desperately needs to be done is to overhaul our entire mental health education and practice and the “Bible of filth” needs to be seriously looked at. How stupid can these mental health workers be anyway? Take suicide for instance the rates kept going up and up and yet they refused to even consider that what they were doing was not working instead they blame everything else but their own failures.

    1. Hi there,
      Just read your post. I’m currently struggling with my own Mental health issues. Would you be willing to tell me more about what path one should take in such a situation ? I am also under the impression the way Doctors prescribe meds etc, is the wrong way to go

  2. I am a current college student, in my junior year. This is completely relevant and accurate. I myself was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, which before college, I never had an issue with. And looking back on myself the last few years, I can see it in other students around me.

  3. Our society has always been so hush hush about mental illness and this country has more mental illness cases than any other country in the world. People need to be able to talk about mental illness without being afraid or ashamed because it is really a common thing. I have a son that struggles with mental illness and he also goes in and out of denial is afraid to talk about it. It can be a very scary thing for young people who don’t know why things are happening to them mentally.

  4. I struggled to find work in my field after finishing my post-grad work, so I panicked and fell into commercial research work. Within a couple of years I’d been promoted up and away from all scientific and technical aspects of the business to become Spreadsheet Commander. Eight years later, I’ve got a ‘good’ career but I hate it and all my scientific skills are eight years out of date, so moving into something else would be very hard even if I could afford it.

    My message to anyone leaving Higher Ed would be: Don’t panic, you’ve got plenty of time. Don’t lose sight of what you really want to do because you’re worried about getting a mortgage or keeping up with the Joneses.

  5. It is important for all to know the difference between an anxiety and an anxiety disorder that requires medical attention.

    In general, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress feelings of tension, worried thoughts. In fact, it can be a good thing. Anxiety motivates you to accomplish your assignments, to study harder for a test and it can warn you when you’re in a dangerous situation.
    An anxiety disorder, however, involves intense and excessive anxiety, along with other debilitating symptoms. Physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and nausea, may also become evident. These responses move beyond anxiety into an anxiety disorder.

  6. In summary, mental health problems are common among college students. Academic pressure together with stressors typical of starting and attending college may precipitate the first onset of mental health and substance use problems or an exacerbation of symptoms. Often the nature of psychopathology is chronic due to low rate of treatment seeking and low adherence to treatment. Thus, it is critical to employ outreach programs and implement strategies to ensure treatment retention. Given that many traditional students continue to depend on their family while in college, parental involvement in treatment is important. Finally, given the effect that the academic calendar may have on continuity of care, it is critical for clinicians to ensure that college students receive treatment throughout the year and to coordinate with other clinicians that may be involved in the students’ care. Thus, expertise in developmental psychopathology, family dynamics, specific college issues, and systems of care is critical to conduct clinical treatment to college students.

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