The situation becomes tough when major transitions are taking place in particular, when a student joins college, a shift from a nurturing family and home security to outer world.
Chemical imbalance, genetics, a history of abuse, family problems, death of loved one, any trauma in the past, pressures related with the academic performance, cut-throat competition, several adjustments in a new environment, a fear of failure in the chosen field, psycho-social, financial pressures generated due to escalating cost of education and books and to meet the domestic needs on a limited budget, lack of financial literacy, sexual assault, alcohol or drug abuse, poor diet and exercise habits, relationships, both friendship and physical, with opposite sex and peer pressure to frame a good impression upon everyone, loss of harmony, preparing for life after graduation.
In order to meet the expectations at all levels, trying to balance classes with work and social life, and to prove one's worth, the students experience total deficiency of orientation, expression, motivation, hopelessness, despair and anguish, all these factors keep the students under stress, frustration, anxiety and gradually this sow the seeds of depression, the condition about which the student(s) may not be aware. The situation if ignored becomes devastating.
Depression is a severe medical condition that engrosses the body...
The objective of this study is to develop an understanding and to assess the health needs that are prerequisite of college students. A healthy campus population can certainly paramount to a healthy society. Keeping this in view, American College Health Association (ACHA) was established in 1998 to assist institutions of higher education to achieve this goal. ACHA in conjunction with NCHA (National College Health Assessment) (ACHA-NCHA) survey and assist institutions of higher education in achieving the objective. The ACHA-NCHA contains approximately 300 questions assessing student health status and health problems, risk and protective behaviors and impediments to academic performance.
Participants: 199 male and 256 female collegiate between the age group of 18 and 23.
Methods: Officials at participating institutions administered the ACHA-NCHA to all students, to randomly selected students, or to students in randomly selected classrooms. ACHA collected data between January and May 2007.
Research has shown that the vast majority of college students experience moderate (77.6%) or serious (10.4%) stress and are most affected by stressors related to their studies (i.e., examination results, adjusting to college life, managing interpersonal relationship strains related to academic performance pressures, and making changes in lifestyle and housing arrangements. The academic requirements associated with college (e.g., papers, tests) can become chronic stressors that negatively impact psychological and physical health (Tennant, 2002) and work load.
Results: Prior to examining the data in light of the research questions, descriptive statistics for men and women as well as the total and the internal consistencies for the