(from The Federalist):

By Gracy Olmstead

Are today’s college students more stressed than ever? That’s what some colleges are reporting, according to the Wall Street Journal:

Ohio State has seen a 43% jump in the past five years in the number of students being treated at the university’s counseling center. At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the increase has been about 12% each year over the past decade. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, demand for counseling-center services has increased by 36% in the last seven years.

Nationwide, 17% of college students were diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems during the past year, and 13.9% were diagnosed with or treated for depression, according to a spring 2016 survey of 95,761 students by the American College Health Association. That is up from 11.6% for anxiety and 10.7% for depression in the spring 2011 survey. Counseling centers say they are also seeing more serious illnesses, including an uptick in the number of students coming to college with long psychiatric histories.

Of course, there are all sorts of reasons that this can happen. The Journal article points to helicopter parents putting pressure on their kids, the rising cost of tuition, and the impact of social media as some potentially harmful factors.

College can be an incredibly stressful time—regardless of your major, age, or life circumstances. Personally, I started my freshman year blissfully unaware of the stress I could heap on myself by making poor choices—and it took a year or two for me to realize what choices I could have made to improve my college experience.

If I could go back—or help other young, bright-eyed freshmen—here’s what I’d do. CONTINUE READING HERE