A recent study for mtvU and The Associated Press finds many college students are stressed about everything ranging from tests to even vacations. Many of the students polled say they have had trouble sleeping, concentrating, finding motivation, agitated or worried to work. Here's how US college students did on the stress test:
4 out of 10 college students expeirence stress often. 1 out of 5 feel it all or most of the time. The sources of this stress can largely be attributed to school work, financial problems, relationships and dating, family problems and juggling extracurricular activities.
45% of women report they face pressure often versus 34% of men facing pressure. 25% of students studies admitted they should cut down on their drinking. 33% say they use drugs or alcohol to relax or cope with stress.
55% of women say dating and relationships issues have a major impact on their daily lives versus 45% of men.
15% worry about being pressured into drinking too much on spring break.
1 in 5 say they were too stressed to do schoolwork or be with freinds.
1 in 5 said things have been so stressful they considered dropping out of college.
1/3 reported feeling lonely.
1 in 6 say they have freinds who have mentioned suicide and 1 in 10 say they have had suicidal thoughts themselves.
13% say they have been diagnosed with a mental health condition (depression or anxiety disorders)
26% have considered speaking to a counselor or seeking professional help.
Thankfully, 1/2 said they feel understood by their families and 60% said they are generally enjoy their life.
How the test was conducted
40 randomly chosen undergraduate schools were picked across the nation and
2,253 students ranging in age from 18-24 responded to the forms.
Why so much stress on America's college campuses?
College is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable time of someone's life but it's turning into one of the most stressful for many. So what gives?
Deciding what career path they want to pursue and pressure from parents, advisor's, friends and themselves. Read more