It’s that time of year again. The stores are packed with parents and students shopping for all the necessary college accoutrements. Some are back again, having already been through this process a time or two. Others are wide eyed with anticipation and trepidation. College is a time of growth and joy for many students but for others it can be incredibly stressful and can trigger new psychological problems or exacerbate already existing issues. It is not uncommon for students to experience overwhelming anxiety and/or depression. I recently spoke with someone who talked about coming to UGA for the first time as a student and during the first day of their first class they realized that there were more people in that one class than had been in their entire high school graduating class. That can be pretty daunting, and rightfully so. Even at smaller schools the issues of trying to learn to live out from under parents’ roofs, navigating a new social scene, and feeling exposed to larger issues of life can seem overwhelming.
Students aren’t the only ones who experience stress, anxiety, and depression during this time of year. Parents also experience these same issues. This can affect parents individually but also impact their marriage or other relationships. Some parents want to “let go” but can’t seem to quite figure out how. Other parents have managed to let go at the cost of considerable worry and anxiety.
Whether you’re a first-time student, a returning student, or a parent the beginning of the college school year can be difficult. Here is some helpful information about college adjustment. Read more about one students experience when first going away to college here.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or depression, or just want to act preventatively to avoid these pitfalls, give me a call today and set up an appointment to talk about these issues.
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E-mail: Aaron @ca4wellbeing.com