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Maria Pascucci, president of Campus Calm, had the opportunity to talk with Richard Kadison, M.D., about why high schools and colleges are seeing a rise in the number of stressed-out students battling mental health problems. Kadison is the chief of the Mental Health Service at Harvard University Health Services and author of College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It. Kadison has specialized in campus mental health and student mental health treatment throughout his career.

Campus Calm: Why are college campuses seeing a rise in the number of students with mental health issues?

Kadison: There are lots of reasons we’re seeing a rise in the number of students with mental health issues. We’re seeing more students who get diagnosed with serious problems in high school and they’re functioning well enough to get to college. That’s one group. I think there is the millennial group of students with what are described as helicopter parents who hover over them, and basically make decisions for them. You know the old metaphor about teaching people to fish instead of getting them fish. I think there’s a lot of handing out of fish that goes on in high school. Kids are also being shuttled from one activity to another, kind of building their college resume and not having much down time and not really feeling passionate about things.

Campus Calm: How big of a part does the lack of sleep, eating right and exercising play in students being stressed out?

Kadison: The lack of sleep, I think, is a huge issue. College students are sleeping an average of 6 1/2 hours each night and they definitely experience symptoms of sleep deprivation, which screws up their immune systems, impairs their academic functioning and makes them more susceptible to depression and bipolar disorder.

Exercise is another huge issue. There’s good evidence for milder forms of depression, four days of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise works as well as antidepressant medication. A lot of students get busy, stop exercising and eating healthy, get more depressed, have more difficulty getting their work done, then start stressing out and have more difficulty sleeping. They get into this vicious cycle.

Campus Calm: How much of a part does perfectionism play in the lives of stressed-out students? How does Harvard’s counseling center deal with academic perfectionism amongst students?

Kadison: That’s certainly a big issue here and I would say, most elite schools. I talked to the directors of the other ivies. There are two major thrusts. I would say one is trying to create some balance in students’ lives. They need to take care of themselves. Working all the time is not the best way to live. Having conversations with them about excellence versus perfection and working hard and trying to focus. But no one test, no one course, no one situation is going to make or break your life. Lives take twists and turns that none of us expect.

Number one: you need to learn how to be resilient. Number two: learn some techniques and skills to manage stress because what you have in high school and college isn’t going to change once you get out into the real world.

Campus Calm: Whom do you see more of: overachieving guys or girls? Is it true that women seek help more than young men? Why or why not?

Kadison: In terms of more women seeking care, I think probably that’s because women are more tuned into their emotions. There’s less stigma. I don’t think the numbers are different — it’s just that men aren’t always wise enough to come in to talk to some one about it.

Campus Calm: How do you work to help students find meaningful ways to base their identities beyond grades & awards?

Kadison: That’s exactly the challenge. It’s people figuring out who they are — we all have faults, we all make mistakes and we all do things we wish we hadn’t done. The key is really to get to know yourself, figure out how to accept yourself and do the best that you can. Getting students outwardly focused, again in balance, so that they’re engaged in their …

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There are not many options when it comes to jobs for college grads, even with your new degree. Many people think that as soon as you graduate college, doors will open and jobs will abound. However, the reality of the job market is that there are few jobs to choose from and it may be required for you to take a job you don’t necessarily want until the one you do want comes available.

Many college grads are hard at work finding a job in their field before they ever go to college or graduate. However, if you are one of the unlucky who does not have a job lined up after graduation, jobs for college grads can be hard to come by in your field. If you must complete an apprenticeship or internship in order to become licensed in your field, now is the time to find that position. There are state resources that you can use to help you find these positions including researching at your local library. For example, if you went to school to become an RN, you may contact your local health department to find out about any open internships in your city.

Jobs for college grads that require less skill or preparation can be found through your local job bank, which is found at all unemployment offices across the United States. The computerized network found in these offices gives access to jobs that are currently open, and gives you the opportunity to apply. You can go every day of the week and research the jobs for college grads that are available through this resource. However, if you are looking for a job in a specific field, there are better ways of finding them.

Getting into your local phone book and calling businesses that are closely related to or are directly in your field of study should be done. Ask about any open positions that may lead to a regular position in the facility. This will get your foot in the door, as many college grads know that getting the job of your dreams means you have to be the low man on the totem pole for a little while. Make at least 30 copies of your resume on good stock paper and send out to all the companies in your area that you are interested in working for. Remember to update your resume to reflect your new degree status, as this may mean the difference between a job that pays $5.75 an hour and your optimal pay scale.

Do not get discouraged if you don’t find the ideal job right out of college. There are many college grads that don’t make it to their ideal position for 5 years after graduation. This is not to say you will not land that perfect job, but don’t give up. Continue to send out your resume on a monthly basis to the same companies. Contact them only once a month, to follow up and ensure they received your resume, and inquire at that time about positions that are available.

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Source by Dustin Hubard

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