Psychotherapist Aaron Karmin, MA, LCPC says that “Going to see a mental health professional when you experience some subtle signs, is no different than going to see a dentist when your gums bleed. If left unaddressed, these subtle signs become ‘impacted,’ like a wisdom tooth. This fosters infection and promotes disease.”
Therapists in schools are there to help students with their issues. These professionals are present in schools to help the students in preventing the development of mental illnesses. They can work through issues and problems that can affect the learning progress of the students because of their pressing mental health disorders.
These professionals can assist students with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and so much more. You need therapy for these disorders because in the extreme level, it can’t go away on its own.
“Depression can be treated successfully—the treatment is not the problem. The willingness to be assessed and ask for help is the major limitation.” —Susan Fletcher, PhD
“Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with our daily lives and ability to function,” says John M. Grohol, Psy.D. “When these symptoms are severe and upsetting enough to make individuals feel extremely uncomfortable, out of control, or helpless, it’s usually a sign of an anxiety disorder.” He adds.
Everything that you discuss with the therapist is strictly confidential – it means you cannot tell your friends, teachers and family members about your sessions unless there is a good reason to.
Forty percent of college students do not end up seeking help from campus psychologists and end up feeling down, depressed or anxious. If you think that you are experiencing symptoms of stress, restlessness, and anxieties due to college requirements and deadlines, there is always a campus psychologist you can go to and talk about your problems so he/she can help prevent any further issues ahead.
College Students Are At Risk Of Developing Stress
You are probably overwhelmed with all that is happening in college. You might be working to help yourself go through college, you might have a lot of requirements and deadlines to meet, and it seems impossible to do everything, and it stresses you out. Just like you, a lot of college students are going through so much that sometimes they cannot handle it anymore. More than 80 percent of college students feel that they are overwhelmed by their responsibilities in school.
An increasing number of freshmen students in college go to visit a psychologist. Why? Imagine if you are a new college student and you are still working your way around a new environment and new culture. You have tons of requirements and due dates to meet, and you are just starting in college. That is how stressful it is.
Meeting deadlines, working after classes and so many requirements to finish can lead to lack of sleep and poor eating habits. These things might sound small, but this can lead to more serious psychological illnesses like bulimia, anorexia, depression, anxiety and numerous other health-related problems. These conditions are very common in college students that one research showed that one in every ten college students have depression.
If you ever feel this way, it is time to visit a psychologist. Visits are different from one student to the other. A visit depends on the reason why you are seeing a psychologist. The first session may be a get-to-know period between you and your psychologist. They will most likely ask you about why you are visiting and from there, you get to tell them your feelings of anxiety and fears and depression and they can start helping you with treatments and therapies.
Most likely, in the first session, the therapist will listen to you talk about your concerns and look for symptoms that can indicate you have something serious. They will ask about your family background, do a quick check on your blood pressure and a basic physical examination up if it is required. Then, you will be given a questionnaire to fill out.
The problem with a campus psychologist is that it can be hard to set an appointment because there are lots of other students asking for a session. If you have a hard time getting a schedule, you can ask the department if you can be given names and contact information of other suggested psychologists outside of campus so you can get help as soon as possible.
Some “Depressing” Facts
Many types of mental disorders can lead to depression in adolescents and adults. If left untreated, this can result in suicidal thoughts, and suicide ratings go up every year.
Suicide in the age group of college students are horrifyingly increasing and is the third leading cause of deaths of fifteen to twenty-four-year-olds across the globe. Suicidal thoughts are the result of having anxiety and depression, the leading problem in this age group. If you ever feel the need to talk to somebody about your feelings, do not hesitate to go to a psychologist. Taking too long can worsen your condition and can make you make bad decisions that cannot be undone.
Looking for a therapist can be a long process and can take up to months to find one. If you have negative thoughts that need to be let out, seek immediate assistance. There are hotlines available for you to call if you think you cannot help yourself from hurting yourself. There, you will have a quick response and a person you can confide to ease your pain even for just a little until you get treated. Do not hesitate to ask for help.