A Study On Mental Health Essays

1205 Words Oct 7th, 2015 5 Pages
In this day and age we have been lead to believe that there is a pill to cure just about anything. If you turn on the television there are dozens of pharmaceutical commercials promoting the latest and greatest drugs that will cure all your ailments. There is an increasingly growing number of college students who have let the stress in their life build up and are turning to antianxiety medications and antidepressants to help. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (2012),”Colleges counseling centers have observed an increase in the prevalence and severity of mental health issues experienced by students and an increase in the number of students taking psychotropic medications.” NAMI also goes on, stating that doctors will not usually prescribe medications for coping with stress, unless the patient has an underlying illness, such as an anxiety disorder or depression (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2012). Because there medications are not provided to treat stress alone and no research to elicit the use of pharmaceuticals, college students may have found their own “medical” coping mechanism.
According to the research and despite decades of prevention programs and public awareness, alcohol use among college students remains high. A recent study found that 65.4% of college students have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, while 40% reported engaging in heavy drinking (Stolzfus, Farkas, 2012). This trend may be explained by changes in living environment,…

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