Transitioning from high school into college is a big deal for many students. They go from one extreme to the other. Most are also away from home and haven’t had a chance to branch out and make new friends yet. The pressures of all that and more can cause serious problems for many young adults.
There are several mental health issues college students face during their transition into college. Below, you’ll find a few of the most common. If you missed our previous post, be sure to visit back with it as well to learn more about the top mental health issues for college students.
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Eating Disorders – College brings on a great deal of pressure from performing well academically, meeting new people and living away from parents. Eating disorders are one of the most prevalent ways students deal with these mental and physical requirements, especially women.
There are several signs of eating disorders, including excessive exercise, dehydration, irregular heartbeats, and dramatic weight loss. Other signs include fear of eating in public, excuses as to why they’re not able to eat and distorted opinions of body image.
Binge eating, anorexia and bulimia are among the most predominant eating disorders among college students. These types of disorders can cause stunted growth, kidney failure, heart problems and, in women, loss of menstruation and reproductive system failures.
The vast majority (95 percent) of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25, with over 90 percent of college women attempting to control their weight through dieting and 25 percent purging to reduce their weight, according to statistics from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
Addiction – Drinking alcohol in college happens often. It becomes an addiction for many students trying to deal with all the pressures of attending college. While excessive drinking isn’t always the case for every student, there are problems with academics and mental health issues because of constant drinking. This leads to the use of stimulants such as Ritalin. Students then become addicted to these stimulants and also drink while using them, which is even more dangerous than excessive drinking.
The pressure college kids get to drink is serious. 80 percent of college students consumed alcohol at some point while 50 percent binge drank, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol abuse (NIAAA).
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