College Stress: What Parents Should Know About Student Depression

College students are usually under a lot of stress. They face overwhelming challenges, pressures, and anxieties. This is pretty common especially for those college-bound kids transitioning from high school to college. They need ample time to adapt to their new environment and changing schedules. They might feel homesick at times as they adjust to having roommates, making new friends, and trying to belong to a group.

Dealing with all these changes in addition to the pressure of juggling academic workload is the main stressors that can cause depression. According to the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment, the rate of students diagnosed with depression is increasing. There were 22,000 students questioned at 48 schools and the result of the survey showed 36% of the students had difficulty functioning in school because they were so depressed. read more