Depression in college students is more common than we think. Academic pressure, financial problems, difficulties in social relationships, lack of sense of life, emotional mismanagement. The conditions that mediate this mental health problem are multiple and the effects are very serious.
The suicide rate among the youngest population and, specifically, those who are pursuing a university degree, is increasingly high. Thus, and although this time is idealized from the outside and we think that few stages can be happier, the reality is quite another. That transition in which the adolescent becomes a young adult continues to be a psychological challenge.
The saddest thing is that we still do not have adequate means to prevent, detect and support. The presence of counselors or psychological assistance teams in universities is still absent in many cases. The suffering, the feeling of loneliness and the anguish that students experience is often channeled into dangerous practices, such as drugs.
Depression in college students: symptoms and causes
Depression in college students is a fact that has been going on for decades. It should be noted that in recent years the field of mental health has focused a little more on this. There are many social organizations that show interest in developing new mechanisms to tackle the problem.
Studies carried out in collaboration with Harvard University, Vrije University, Amsterdam and Friedrich-Alexander Nuremberg-Erlangen, in Germany, have already deepened what type of clinical strategies would be the most suitable to attend this population group.
Be that as it may, there is a fact. This type of depression is of paramount importance. From a social point of view we have a large group of young people who end up dropping out of their studies.
On the other hand, from a psychological perspective, the challenge is decisive. It is not just about knowing how to serve them; the key is to prevent discouragement, maladaptive behaviors, unhappiness, and suicide attempts.