Why are People so Depressed in College?
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17-07-2013, 05:39 PM
Why are People so Depressed in College?
Cases of severe depression among college students have become more common over the last decade, according to a new study that backs up what mental health professionals at university counseling centers have been saying for years.

Students have also become increasingly impulsive, more often attempt to injure themselves, and more likely to be diagnosed with more than one mental disorder...

According to the American Psychological Association, more young people are arriving on campuses with pre-existing conditions than they were 10 years ago, and 1-in-4 college students is on psychiatric medication.



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17-07-2013, 05:43 PM
RE: Why are People so Depressed in College?
Maybe it's because they are away from what is familiar, perhaps for the first time without their support system nearby.

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17-07-2013, 05:51 PM
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I would also like to see data on the numbers of students who have sought therapy/psychiatrists and those who haven't, and compare that with past figures. If there is less stigma attached to mental illness, it could also be that younger people are more willing to seek treatment. Though I do think some disorders are overdiagnosed, and I do thing some patients have drug-seeking behaviors, also, but I don't think that's the majority.

Also, you mentioned preexisting conditions, which mean they were there before college, so it's not so much that they are depressed while in college as they were depressed before they even got there.
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17-07-2013, 05:51 PM
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They are lumped into a world with dynamic streaming information that emphasizes the negativity in the world, they are often leaving friends and struggling to make new ones, many are interested in a romantic relationship and are sexually frustrated as a result, and even more are in debt trying to pay off outlandish student loans while struggling to major in something that will secure a job for them in the future.

While am unsure as to how widespread that problem is, and if your numbers are even accurate... myself, my friends, and my acquaintances all suffer from the above issues.

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17-07-2013, 07:24 PM
RE: Why are People so Depressed in College?
What do you know another copy pasted post.

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17-07-2013, 08:02 PM
RE: Why are People so Depressed in College?
It's kind of a good topic though...

I'm going to be in the 'It is primarily due to the increased prescription of multiple anti-depressants/anti-psychotics/stimuants to teens/kids driven by lazy teachers/parents who need a way to control their kids and the marketing/lobbying efforts of Eli Lilly' camp.

....but I'm too lazy to write up the post. Go watch it on front-line: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/

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17-07-2013, 08:05 PM
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^Oh, I think I did see that on Netflix a while ago. I agree with some aspects, especially that a lot of doctors don't tell people all the side effects they should be worried about..
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19-07-2013, 03:41 AM
RE: Why are People so Depressed in College?
I look for functional reasons why they might be depressed- i.e. their depression may be telling them something-- Important! We live in a culture of ideologies and feel good slogans, that hide often painful but important hard truths and realities. Depression is a symptom of something deeper. If I were a researcher, first thing I would do is identify which groups in particular feel depressed, what they have in common, be as specific and narrow as possible.

Now I think there is a lot to be depressed for, individually and sociologically. Individually they may not know what they want. The men might be spending thousands of dollars on worthless degrees, going into debt. They might find it difficult to establish real healthy heterosexual relationships with women- even if they manage to shack up. They may feel in our youth worshiping society, their best years are ahead of them. Sociologically they may feel that civilization is going under, peoples and heritages are dying out, everyone is distracted from important issues, congressmen and parliamentarians cannot be trusted. They feel so individual-isolated.

I myself was and am depressed but I think I know myself and I know what would make me happy. I understand better than most my age, because I have thought a lot about it, how much has changed in 60 years. Society has become feminized , my race is not reproducing itself, my government is full of crooks and vassal servants. Also I have personal issues, shyness, difficulty making lasting deep and authentic relations to most people. So for me happiness is having a future- with work and career, and being part of a community or at least a collective- feeling united with my fellow tribe in diaspora, having class co-operation and gender co-operation. Too much competition and battle of the sexes is depressing and draining. For me I want a solid career free of debt and the chance to raise kids in a place I can play in the streets.

I think people get depressed when they realize everything is bankrupt. Their pension funds are empty, or the things they were promised or led to expect are not going to come true.. and also when their instinctive drives are misdirected or demonized. It has taken me a long while to figure this out, much reading, reflecting. I am being 100 percent honest when I say it. Sometimes the cause or trigger of depression is little things, not big things. We haven't even gotten to childhood. In sum there is often a reason, or many reasons for depression. The solution is not mood enhancing drugs. The solution is living, following your heart, getting informed,accepting hard truths. Politically things are a mess. People I think really want the same thing. the left wing fools them into becoming "partisans" or "revolutionaries" or "reformer radicals" thinking that's going to solve everything, and people are afraid to be "right wing" because they are afraid of epiteths and name calling from the left, like racist, bigot, xenophobe and if necessary mention is made of hitler or the holocaust. It is very divisive. I'm going back to college, but with a purpose- accounting for my CPA. I'll be 31. I'll be a bit older, I will see what I can do to guide and help the young ones. I want people to be fulfilled, not depressed but not denying their depression, not consuming things to bury their feelings or chasing replacement needs like pornography or shopping or drugs. As long as you are already in balance and can stay in balance these things are not harmful but then you don't need these things. College kids (and they are mostly kids) are the most targeted for credit cards, for political ideologies by the left. Even the universities are using the kids for profit, selling them dreams and hopes and classes that are worthless- see the book by that name by aaron clarey.

You ask an open deep wide question, you have to be prepared for big answer. I'm a functionalist. Depression happens when something is not right, not inside a person but outside them, and their biological systems are working properly- at least in most cases- but they are confused or else society is not working. Sure it may involve internal elements, like imbalanced hormones, but it started outwardly, from sociology often, bombardment with cultural propaganda. And women who are pregnant report less feelings of depression, it is proven by the way, which also proves you cannot cheat nature, us atheists should know that. when you are on your own path, you stop being depressed. when you can overcome temptation you prevent slips into depression. when you don't let yourself be used or exploited, you are free from depression. When you know what you want but then get the power to get what you want, or else stop caring about the outcome and can live without (baloo) then you become less depressed. Certain destructive harmful behaviors may not create the depression but may lock one into it- i.e. bad habits.

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19-07-2013, 04:42 AM
RE: Why are People so Depressed in College?
Aw, this guy is pretty fun. I had a fun little discussion with him over on atheistforums.org. He spent the entire time twisting my words... I enjoyed it. Smile

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19-07-2013, 06:37 AM
RE: Why are People so Depressed in College?
Because the world sucks dude.
What's there to be so happy about?

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