College Stress and Anxiety Causes

Title: The Increasing levels of stress and anxiety in college students and the factors causing the stress.


Recent research studies are suggesting that mental health problems among students are becoming more widespread and more severe. According to Kate Coxon, "A recent survey from the Association of University and College Counsellors shows that the proportion of students with serious or severe mental illness has risen substantially over the last few years in some sectors of higher education. The mental health of students is thought to be worse than that of the general population: some studies estimate that 30% to 50% of students suffer from varying levels of anxiety and ...

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such as competition for grades, the need to perform, relationships, fear of AIDS, career choice and financial pressure can cause stress. Stress manifests itself in physiological and emotional ways, both of which are detrimental to the performance and success of the student. Some of the cognitive or emotional responses include negative self-talk, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, restlessness, irritability, mood swings and feeling overwhelmed. Physiological responses include muscular tension, colds and other illnesses, high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, headaches and indigestion. Anxiety is also becoming more and more prevalent among students as a reaction to stress. Although mild anxiety may even be seen as advantageous, severe anxiety have the added effects of reducing concentration and weakening the learning process.

Research on effects of stress on college students must be on-going in order to acquire accurate data to be used to design and offer ...

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in college students.

Misra et al (2000) investigated the difference in the perception of academic stress among students and faculty. The study used Gadzella's Student-life Stress Inventory (SLSI) as the instrument. This measures categories of stress and also reactions to stress. A random sample of students was chosen using the University Registrars' directory of address files. This was useful as it gave up to date information on address by gender and class status. Some of the results obtained in this study are significant for the present study. This study looked at both the incidence of stress and the response of the students to the stress. The researchers found that stress varied ...

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