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Murillo 1Adriana MurilloEnglish 1AProfessor Cherri PorterOctober 2, 2019College Student Success and Mental HealthCollege students face a lot of pressure in their lives adapting to busy schedulesthat commonly result in many cases of anxiety and depression. Many students find thatthey experience a lot of stress from pending upcoming assignments or an overwhelmingamount of study and workload. There are many other contributing environmentalaspects that affect mental health in students as a whole such as; work, social life, familypressure, etc. It can sometimes feel that anxiety and depression have taken control oftheir lives to the point of no escape. For this reason, it is crucial for college students toidentify and recognize healthy coping skills and to prioritize their mental health.Neglected mental health can lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor sleepinghabits, and a poor diet. Mental health needs to be prioritized as much as physical healthas both go hand in hand.Students that do acknowledge concern for their mental health oftentimes find thatthey reach out after anxiety and depression have begun affecting their academics orpersonal lives. Neglected mental health is not intentional, along with not having the timeto seek help (therapy, exercising, adopting a healthier lifestyle) students also haveaccess to limited resources available to them. A lot of schools provide open counselingservices to students that do feel they need therapeutic aid, but this service can only doso much for a limited amount of students.Time Magazinewrote an article titled
Murillo 2“Depression on Campus”, written by Reilly, Katie. This article analyzes the “Recordnumbers of college students that are seeking treatment for depression and anxiety thatSchools can't keep up with”. This article gives thorough detailed example of what NellySpigner’s college schedule is like and how it begins affecting her mental health as shebegins to feel overwhelmed while trying to keep up with her demanding schedule all thewhile enduring the struggle and seeing it as sacrifice to obtain her degree, each gradeand sacrifice bringing her closer to medical school. Spigner is only an example of thehundreds of college students that have found themselves in a similar position.But is this “sacrifice” worth neglecting her personal health?. “At first, Spignerhesitated to seek help at the university's counseling center…. But she began toexperience intense mood swings. At times, she found herself crying uncontrollably,unable to leave her room, only to feel normal again in 30 minutes. She started skippingclasses and meals, avoiding friends and professors, and holing up in her dorm. Afterbeing diagnosed with bipolar disorder by a psychiatrist on campus, her symptomsworsened and she withdrew from school in October of her sophomore year.” Spignerrecognized a significant concern for her well being and realized that her mental health

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Spring
Professor
Annette Lee
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sleep disorder, Adriana Murillo

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