Anxiety, depression, and stress are three of the most common psychological concerns presented by college students. At the Baylor University Counseling Center, approximately 40-45% students seek counseling for one of these problem areas. Depression is the most common psychological concern for college students. Students often feel overwhelmed which turns into a diagnosable depressive disorder. Common symptoms of depression include: depressed or sad mood, feeling hopeless or worthless, sleep disturbance, change in appetite, fatigue, decreased motivation, lack of interest in work or other activities, difficulty concentrating , low self-esteem, and thoughts of suicide.
Anxiety and stress are very similar with the term anxiety commonly reserved for more severe cases of �stress� when a student�s symptoms have met the criteria for a diagnosable anxiety disorder such as Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Social Phobia. Common symptoms of anxiety include: muscle tension, shortness of breath, nausea, tingling in arms or legs, increased heart rate, trembling, fear and avoidance of specific people/places/or things, chronic fatigue, dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
For free online mental health screenings or an appointment, visit Baylor University's Counseling Center Web site.