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Painkiller Abuse Linked to Depression, Suicide in College Students

Researchers found that college-students who reported feeling hopeless, sad, depressed, or considered suicide were significantly more likely to report nonmedical use of any prescription drug, particularly among females who reported painkiller use. (Addictive Behaviors, 2012; 37(8):890) Read more. 


Coping Strategies

Try these when you're feeling anxious or stressed:

  • Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.

  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.

  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
“I had an overwhelming foreboding that something terrible was about to happen to me, and I wouldn’t be able to escape. ”

Family History

My college life was enriched with family, friends, sorority sisters, successful academic achievement, and a loving boyfriend. But one night, a terrifying new element was suddenly added. Lying in bed, I began to sweat profusely. My heart was racing and I could not stay still. I had an overwhelming foreboding that something terrible was about to happen to me, and I wouldn’t be able to escape. When I called my dad to explain my symptoms, he suggested that I go to the hospital.

“I felt a tingling sensation spread throughout my chest. A sudden fear of death seemed to come from nowhere.”

A Traumatic Trigger of Panic

My name is Jacob. I'm 20 years old and this is my story:

It all started on what seemed like a regular day in my sophomore year of college. I went to all my classes and got back to my dorm room at about 5 p.m. When I checked to see if my roommate was in yet, I found him lying on the floor by his bed. He had died of a heart attack at 20 years old.


College Students

College can be stressful. You can easily get anxious trying to juggle school, work, friends, and family while trying to figure out the rest of your life. Most of us bounce back. But frequent, intense, and uncontrollable anxiety that interferes with your daily routines may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Learn the difference between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder.

Got Anxiety? Download a brochure.

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National Stress Øut Day

National Stress Out Day

April 14-20, 2013

National Stress Øut Day provides pre-finals stress relief to college students while educating them about anxiety disorders, one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses.

National Stress Øut Day Participating Schools

Alma College
Arizona State University
Argosy University, Inland Empire
Assumption College
Augustana College
Bowdoin College
Bowie State University
Bridgewater College
Bryn Mawr College
Cabrini College
California State University Chico
California State University Long Beach
Carthage College
Case Western Reserve University
Central Michigan University
Chapman University
Colgate University
College of Mt. St.


Active Minds – national organization of college campus chapters that works to promote mental health education and awareness on campus

National Stress Øut Day Anti-Stress Activities

  • ScreamFest: Let out one unified tension-breaking scream prior to finals.
  • Exam Oasis: Make stress balls, receive massages, play games, and offer refreshments.
  • Recess: Recess is a reminder of what used to be fun about school. Organize kickball, dodgeball, 4-square, or Red Rover.

Contact ADAA

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Silver Spring, MD 20910