College Students and Mental Illness Baggage

In a 2008 American College Health Association survey, 30% of the College kids surveyed reported that they got so depressed in the last 12 months that they were unable to function.

Yep, I guess you go straight from teen angst to these awkward years, still in training, not yet, if then, successful. Then there is the opposite sex, sports, and the list goes on and on. Success begets success, and grooming starts early. I would think 30% or more college students are finding this course not quite as smooth as a few others do. Yes, but if you flunk, maybe you’re in the wrong field, and not really so sick as you might imagine, that is, presuming you have the kind of imagination that can put you in the spotlight, or on the runway.

49% reported overwhelming anxiety.

Right, and there are people who don’t experience anxiety? Particularly when it comes to adolescence and young adulthood, expect anxiety. These are stressful years, folks, and nerves come with them. No need to overdo the prescription drug bit though. It’s perfectly natural. Stability and steadiness come with time and experience. Prescription psychiatric drugs are like rubber nipples for adults. There comes a time when baby bear should leave the den.

10% had been diagnosed and treated for depression.

When 1 in 10 people in the nation are reported to be taking SSRI antidepressant drugs, what’s so unusual about that? I would suspect that many of these 10% could actually suspend their use of such chemical agents, no sweat, if they’re still taking them.

6% confessed to have considered suicide…seriously.

Suicide has been gaining in popularity for some time now, hasn’t it? The focus on suicide feeds the focus on suicide, and it mushrooms as a practice as a result. Hmmm. Maybe we should be reporting on other avenues of recourse instead. Here’s my 2 cents worth on the subject: You don’t paint yourself into a corner if you paint the corner first.

Wanna freak a little?

A study in the December 2008 Archives of General Psychology found alcohol disorders (Uh, I think, but I can’t be sure, that means substance abuse.) in 1 out of 5 (20%) of college students.

Kids these days! I have a trick of my own, really, and it’s called moderation. I know life is this moment, and you must take advantage of it as you won’t live forever, but there must be better ways to occupy your time than by vomiting into the toilet. If you don’t want to be teetotaler when, and if, you do get up there in years, you might consider a little moderation.

The next most common class of afflictions were personality disorders at 17.7% (almost 1 in 5).

Uh, are we breeding weird kids these days? Narcissistic schizoid paranoid, etc. to just plain weird, mischief is brewing in junior’s little head. I’m not worried myself. Maybe it’s a phase. Maybe it’s a fad. Maybe it’s a fashion. Maybe it’s nothing much. Mass murderers and that sort of thing are the exception, not the rule, even with little Pugsly there.

If you are a student in college and the mind police start harassing you, you might consider starting a chapter of the Mad Student Society on your campus. If a Mad Student Society group doesn’t suit you, you could form an affiliate of MindFreedom International, or a branch of the Icarus Project. You don’t have to put up with this kind of thing when you can fight it, and given such a group, you have the means to do just that.

Source: College students pack a heavy bag of mental illness