7 Most Common Mental Health Issues That College Students Face

7 Most Common Mental Health Issues That College Students Face
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    For decades, addressing mental illness was considered as a taboo.

    The topic was nothing to discuss about, but as time went by and as society evolved, the topic is being addressed nationwide.


Mental illness is very common among college students. The schools today are working on improving mental health services to help the students that are suffering from mental illness.

What are the common mental illnesses in college campuses?

1. Anxiety Disorders

According to a 2013 research study, this is one common type of mental illness in college with about 42% of students suffering from it.

The cause is not yet confirmed but according to scientists, anxiety disorder develops from various factors such as:

  • Life Events
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Personality
  • Genetics

2. Depression

This is a mental illness that causes the feelings of loneliness, sadness, and feeling unable to cope with life. Research has it that almost one third of college students suffer from depression which increases the level of anxiety as well.

Just like anxiety, the actual cause of depression is unknown but the scientists believe it could result from the following factors:

  • Brain Chemistry
  • Biological difference
  • Hormones
  • Inherited traits

3. Addiction

Research shows that 80% of college students have abused alcohol and other substances as a result of a complicated brain disease that causes the overuse. Addiction can really derail a student if it goes unaddressed.

The possible causes are as follows:

  • Use of highly addictive drugs and substances
  • Environmental factors

4. Bipolar Disorders

Students suffering from this disorder experience dramatic shifts in their energy levels, moods and the ability to face the world. Bipolar disorders are of different types; some are mild and others require hospital attention. The percentage of how many students are suffering from this is not certain. The cause is unknown but according to scientists, it could be because of genetics and individual brain’s operation.

5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD is characterized by the differences in brain development and how someone behaves. 25% of students with disabilities have this problem. Researchers are yet to find out the cause of ADHD but it is believed that there could be some genetics in it. Studies also show that boys are more affected than girls.

6. Eating Disorders

Most people think that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. This is wrong because it is a very dangerous disorder that can go to extreme ends if left unaddressed. Research found out that 15% of women aged between 17 to 24 years are highly affected. 20% of college students are suffering from eating disorders. Factors contributing include:

  • Peer pressure
  • Stress
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Trauma
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
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7. Sleeping Disorders

This includes any disorder that prevents someone from falling asleep or staying asleep for a good amount of time. There exist many different types of such disorders. The common causes are as follows:

  • Environmental factors’
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Medical issues

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