College and university students in the U.S. are well known for their frequency of involvement in alcohol consumption. Significant numbers of college and university students also die by suicide. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Mental Health and Substance Use, researchers from three American universities tested a theoretical model that links drinking problems to the chances that an undergraduate student will attempt or commit suicide. These researchers concluded that such a link exists; its connection point is apparently the presence of serious symptoms of depression.
College can be incredibly stressful. Concerns over workload, grades, career paths and relationships can be intense. According to the 2013 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment, over 50 percent of college kids report having felt overwhelming anxiety. And more than 30 percent say that personal depression has sometimes been so great that they’ve found it hard to function. Are all of these students facing major depression?
College athletics can be a great experience, with a family-like atmosphere and strong bonds between fellow teammates. But when it comes time to leave this atmosphere, what happens to the athlete who isn’t able to find a similarly supportive situation? Surely depression follows. At least that was the thesis for a study of college athletes. But the findings show that depression in college sports starts far sooner than their last day off school.
After 13 consecutive years of education, high school graduates have to decide what to do with their lives. Some head off to college with others left behind. With all the uncertainties of the future and decisions to make, some teens fall into depression. Ironically, all their new-found independence when it comes to romantic relationships, school, work and future plans can make some feel powerless.
Depression is a very real illness that affects adults, teenagers, children and even toddlers and infants. But just because it strikes every age group doesn’t mean the illness looks the same at every age. Depression among children, also known as pediatric depression, looks a bit different from the way it appears in grown-ups.
A study out of Norway shows a connection between alcohol consumption and mental health issues such as behavioral problems, anxiety and depression.
Heavy drinking in college can lead to impulsive behaviors like getting into a car with a drunk driver who causes a horrific accident, or a heated exchange leading to injury. These types of traumatic situations are the seeds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can occur when a person is involved with or witnesses a tragic event. The symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, insomnia, anxiety and depression. A new study finds that heavy drinking in college by those with PTSD can worsen the symptoms.
Being a teenager can be tough. Being a teenager with mental illness can be even harder. Making it tougher yet, many teens with mental illness also wind up abusing substances like alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. According to several new reports, around one-tenth of teens with mental illness also struggle with habitual use of those substances.
Millennials, or Generation Y (also called the Net Generation, Trophy Generation, Echo Boomers, or even “GenMe”), refer to the generation of individuals born in the latter 1970s or early 1980s through the early 2000s. Plenty has been examined about the Millennials, and much has yet to be understood. In their lifetime, this generation of people has witnessed the fall of the Soviet Union and of the Berlin Wall; the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle; the Gulf War; the tragedy of 9/11; and the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dementia is a term doctors use to describe a decline in mental/intellectual capacity that significantly impairs a person’s ability to participate in everyday events and routines. By itself, the term does not define a specific medical condition; instead, it refers to the symptoms that indicate a loss of mental capacity. Over time, excessive alcohol intake makes changes in the brain that lay the groundwork for the eventual appearance of dementia symptoms. As a result, alcoholics can develop a disorder called alcohol-induced persisting dementia. Lack of proper nutrition in an alcoholic can also lead to the onset of another condition, called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which also produces dementia symptoms.