Active Minds – national organization of college campus chapters that works to promote mental health education and awareness on campus
- 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.
If you think you have an anxiety or anxiety-related disorder, or if you feel overwhelmed or just not yourself, it’s time to get help. There is no shame in talking to someone about your feelings. Getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses. Forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them experience their first episode of anxiety by age 22.
In addition, a 2008 Associated Press and mtvU survey of college students found the following:
- 80 percent say they frequently or sometimes experience daily stress
- 34 percent have felt depressed at some point in the past three months
Welcome, New Member
Congratulations to new ADAA professional member Sara L. Weisenbach, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She’s the winner of the iPad mini, the prize for joining ADAA and registering for the annual conference. Thanks to all of you who entered this drawing. We're so glad you've joined us.
Parental support is extremely important for college students, especially those who may be dealing with an anxiety disorder or other mental health condition.
Below are tips for helping your college-age child: