Depression and Anxiety -How it Affects Students- (Depression rates in…
Depression and Anxiety
-How it Affects Students-
Depression can impair memory
Anxiety isn't shown to impair memory when alone
However, when anxiety is comorbid with anxiety, it can increase the memory impairment associated with depression
Some studies have shown that self reported depression doesn't show significant learning impairment.
Some also show that anxiety doesn't have detrimental effects, but is common in high achieving students, and motivates
Consequences of learning struggles for college students
Struggling through college
Can affect your future employment
Depression rates in college students are significantly higher than the general population
As a result, Suicide rates are increasing for college students, Why?
The way college is structured, especially competitive schools, make it difficult to take time off
Faculty may not be willing to work around a student's mental illness struggles
One bad grade or semester can permanently affect your record
Students feel uncomfortable admitting their struggles
Difficult to admit that you need counseling or medication
Increasing demands for perfection, many roles to balance
Leadership positions on campus
During high school, the importance of a good college, a good job, a good family.. ect is emphasized
Students feel that if they fail once, because their worth is in their academic achievement, that it is the end of the world. They are especially vulnerable to suicide at this point
Sources from cambridge and stanford citing numbers of depression
GRCC student survey citing numbers of students with mental illness symptoms
Numbers of students that seek counseling from GRCC
Is social media to blame?
Screen time is increasing
Only seeing the perfect sides of peoples lives
Lowers self esteem
Increases anxiety and depression
Normalization of depression and anxiety, "not a big deal"
What are colleges doing to change this?
What Can they do?
Increasing suicide awareness
Smaller ratios of students to counselors
Pairing with community resources to provide support for students
What is happening biologically?
Interview with dr. ...
lack or seratonin, or seratonin receptors
genetic predisposition, spurred on by stress
Stresses like abuse, death in family, serious struggles
Uncontrollable thoughts of worry
Sense of impending danger or doom
heart racing, excessive sweating, fight or flight response