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More than six out of ten college students report having ‘overwhelming anxiety’.
As a result, an increasing number of students are seeking out treatment for mental health.
College and high school are supposed to be carefree and fun. So why are more students seeking help for mental health issues than ever before?
Brad Waldo knew that he was supposed to be one of the lucky ones. In high school, he had a 4.0, was on the football team, and popular. But he was also struggling.
Brad Waldo says, “for years, I was addicted to heroin and Xanax.”
Brad’s addiction was rooted in anxiety and depression. And he’s not alone in feeling pressure.
Sixty percent of college students suffer from anxiety or psychological distress.
Brad Waldo continues, “it was never even a discussion if I would go to college or not. And then there’s this other social stress. There’s always eyes on you for social media.”
Psychologist Jennifer Macleamy says it’s hard to separate everyday stress from real mental illness in teenagers and young adults.
“I was at Newport Academy for 70 days. I did outpatient therapy for a year and then I’ve been engaged in therapy for the last eight years, ” Brad Waldo says.
Brad is now helping others who are struggling.
Jennifer Macleamy, PsyD says, “it can be pretty remarkable the change that people make. I think of it kind of as almost an unveiling in returning back to who they really have the capacity to be.”
Seeking help is the first step.
In 2015, New York became the first state to require mental health education in public schools.
Currently, more than 44 million American adults have a mental health illness.