College counseling depression Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona

Many seniors in High School are excited that they will be graduating, however, with graduating comes many other stressors for teenagers. Teens are applying to a variety of Colleges, taking SAT and ACT college entrance exams, thinking about college or another path like the military etc. Teens are still working hard on their current academics, balancing friends, family, sports, and other activities.

The transition to college can be overwhelming for adolescents. A new environment is a huge stressor. New roommates and new peers socially is a huge component for teenagers transitioning to college.

College academics are a huge stress related challenge for teen students. Students have new Professors and new subjects and the academic demands increase as far as studies and as far as the challenging information students need to absorb. Managing increased study time and knowing that parents are not around to enforce rules and limits as far as sleep, studies, etc is a huge challenge for most teenagers in college. Managing social activities and work with studies is a huge challenge for most college students.

Many teens struggle with finding a major or a path of study that they enjoy and that they can see themselves using in their careers.

College students have many adjustments and stressors while living away from home. Managing money and being self sufficient as far as meals and obtaining needed daily life supplies is a new concept for most teenagers.

College students struggle with balancing: sleep, social, healthy diet, exercising, and academics. Many feel depressed or sad, lack interest in activities, feel lost, suffer from poor concentration, and use substances to address their stressors.

Depressed moods need to be addressed. Research shows their is a genetic component to depression and the longer it goes un treat the worse the depression may become. Studies show that stress and trauma make teens more susceptible to depression, substance abuse, and other mental health disorders. It need not be a major trauma; stress at home from divorce, emotional abuse, bullying, grief or loss can create pathways for mental health disorders such as: anxiety, depression and Substance abuse. Neurological factors such as low levels of neurotransmitters impact emotional stability can lead to mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse or dependence.

The good news is their are many evidence based researched counseling therapies that can address the above mentioned issues as well as other treatments.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.