Most of the students get this feeling when they join university, a mixed emotion filled with new expectations along with the burden to perform. In the recent times, we have noticed that anxiety has led to pupils facing a lot of stress and this has been increasing at an alarming rate. Research conducted by Penn’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health shows that nearly 1 in 5 students are affected by anxiety or depression during their college life. This, in turn, leads to a decrease in their performances and in some serious cases also leads to suicide. Some of the most common mental health problems among students nowadays are: Depression, anxiety, suicide, technology, and addiction. While going to college or school can be exciting for many, for some the adjustment is hard with homesickness and separation depression. Signs of depression differ from individual to individual. Depression is a type of chemical variance in our brain. Which causes health problems and weakens the person’s physical as well as mental health. Some of the most common forms are:
- Physical Wellbeing Causes: lack of sleep, lack of appetite, insomnia, fatigue.
- Emotional Indicators: homesickness, sadness.
- Thinking Signs: overthinking, inability to concentrate, making decision.
Anxiety has the same characteristics as depression. Everything has a positive and negative side. But with anxiety there are a few positive side effects as well.
Depression leads to more rational thinking. The way we think about the difficulties in fact changes with depression as we are capable to see from a different viewpoint, we tend to break down difficult problems into smaller constituents.
Depression makes us extra attentive. As we think more and more about what is bothering us the most.
Physical symptoms keep us on target/goal. Our Bodies are piecing together forces with our Brain to keep us from moving forward and help us in dealing with everyday life plus keeping us from being tempted by other distractions.
Social media is amongst the chanciest because of these reasons. Extreme use of each be likely to produce damaged social interactions and an increased sense of isolation. Extreme social media also creates a competition between one’s real life and virtual life. It’s a tug of conflict between being absorbed in posting experiences on social media, sending texts and taking selfies instead of enjoying the moment for what it’s worth.
Numerous college students are living dual virtual and real lives, and at the end, the person starts competing his virtual life with real life which causes the person to lose his real personality. Which is also acknowledged in research studies. Numerous other studies have found that phone addiction, as well as extreme smartphone use, is also linked with increased sleep disorder hopelessness worry and overall stress.
In conclusion, the world is heading at a quick pace whereas the education system is still the same. The educational system has not kept its momentum with the changing nature of work, resulting in many employers saying that they can’t find enough workers with the skills they need.
In a McKinsey survey of young people and employers in nine countries, 40percent of employers said lack of skills was the main reason for entry-level job vacancies. Sixty percent said that the new graduates were not sufficiently prepared for the world of work. Almost 75million youth are officially unemployed.
The above observations show us that we know all the problems the students go through in their daily life. But what’s the solution for it. We all are so busy with finishing the course that we neglect the situation of the students. We need to understand each individual as well as understand their situations by motivating them showing them the solution of the problem increasing their positive attitude shifting their success mindset believing in yourself and by telling them how incredible unstoppable they are. It’s easy to point out faults and failures of others but only a few close ones can show you your strengths. Those few close one’s people should be our goal to become and it’s the strength that we need to show the students.