For college freshmen, Mental Health Help Should Come Early On

November 19, 2014 10:11 PM

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At fourteen, I began to notice a feeling of constant anxiety. It wasn't only that my emotions weren't lining up quite right with my thoughts; it was difficult for me to navigate my emotions and express them to my family. My parents could see that I was struggling, and did their best to help me make it through my difficult high school years. My high school's faculty never made me feel as though talking to a professional, or even a guidance counselor, was a plausible option. It wasn't until I began regularly seeing a psychologist in college that I could recover from the anxiety and panic that had been holding me back for so long.

My experience -- including how seeking help seemed impossible -- wasn't unique, especially for patients so young. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50 percent of students who stopped attending college due to mental illness did not access their school's mental health services. As ...

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