Anxiety disorders are a huge concern in college.
Stress disorders, self-harm, overwhelm and depression all become big concerns in college due to a couple of different factors: age, brain development, and the stress and independence that go hand in hand with starting college.
And rather than you being able to monitor any big changes in your student, you’re not there.
You only hear and know as much as they want to tell you. Whether you have serious concerns, or you just feel like you’re out of the loop, it’s tough to parent your college student and feel like you’re actually having an impact.
Parents will often reach out to me about their new college students, sharing concerns like:
My college student never calls!
I’m worried my college student has anxiety and depression.
I’m not sure if my college student can manage stress.
Is my college student depressed/anxious/too angry/too overwhelmed?
And the ultimate concern: I don’t know how to help my college student deal with everything that’s going on.
It’s tough to figure out how to parent and deal with these concerns when your student no longer lives in your house. And even if you’ve noticed signs of anxiety in the past, the game plan can be so different when your child is in college vs. when they were at home.
So what can you do?Read More