In recent years, mental health has become an issue frequently discussed and has been gaining a lot of attention. But a lot of people still lack an understanding of what it is and how to handle it. MentalHealth.gov undertook a study that showed one in 10 teenagers and young adults suffer from depression, while one in 25 Americans experience a serious mental illness. In fact, suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States.

College is painted by the media as a time of fun and exciting adventure. It has become an important milestone toward adulthood. However, for some, college is a daunting and stressful experience and sometimes leads to struggles with mental health. The stress of living alone, being far away from home, the big, adult responsibilities, all lead to depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. As per a report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 80% of students in college feel overwhelmed about the incoming responsibilities of school and life.

But hang in there, don’t worry. By being aware and knowledgeable of the potential of this problem, you or your loved one can get proper treatment. Take note of these signs and symptoms of mental illness:

Anxiety disorders

Feeling anxious or nervous is normal. You can also experience panic attacks even if you don’t have an anxiety disorder. However, having chronic anxiety means these feelings are more prominent in a person’s daily life, making them seem uncontrollable and affecting day-to-day tasks. Signs of chronic anxiety include:

Eating disorders

People who suffer from an eating disorder are typically not the way we perceive them. Like other mental illnesses, there are many types of eating disorders. The most common are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. Some symptoms of an eating disorder include:

Mood disorders

Considered one of the most famous mental illness categories, mood disorders affect mood and behaviors. Mood disorders include depression and bipolar conditions. Signs of having a mood disorder include:

Suicidal behavior

Every day, about 122 Americans take their own lives. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24. Check if someone may be suicidal through these signs:

Remember to not attempt to self-diagnose yourself. If you recognize some signs, the best way is to talk to a therapist or doctor to be medically diagnosed. Also, note that almost all mental health illnesses can be treated. Check out MentalHealth.gov for more information.

College life has both good and bad sides that can make or break you. Learn more about what you should expect in college by reading our articles here at MSM Unify.