Researchers: Anxiety on college campus is at epidemic level

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 11:21 AM CDT
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A group of researchers from the University of California Berkeley is calling anxiety on the college campus an epidemic.

The study found the number of 18-to-26-year-old students who suffer from anxiety has doubled since 2008.

Here in Missouri, Dr. Jennifer Baker tells KY3 she's seen a big increase in the number of local college students calling for appointments. She tells us finals and grades can be anxiety producing. But, she's also seeing a number of students who feel lonely and isolated.

"So, you don't see a lot of interaction. So, unless the student is very intentional about being with a group that may be associated with a church, sorority, a fraternity.. or some other thing that will get kids together., they often are not very connected to other young people," reflected Dr. Jennifer Baker.

For parents--, if you get a call from a depressed or anxious student -- First.., stop and listen to them.

Then, give feedback like this if they're talking about their Algebra class; so, it sounds like you're worried about your grade in Algebra.

Then, ask specific questions. If the student tells you they're tired. Ask, what time did you go to bed last night? What time did you get up this morning. Instead the question, how much sleep did you get?

After having that talk, you can judge if it's a moment that will pass or if your child needs outside help.