You are probably wondering about the title of this blog post. At this point, I have to admit to the fact that I am not a big fan of reading. However, I do have to admit that I am much more likely to read a few pieces of information each week on mental health issues.
In this case, I thought it might be interesting to see how much we know about mental health in America. The first thing that jumps out is the very high rate of suicide rates in America. The second thing is the fact that, among college students, a whopping 78% report “some” mental health issues.
In fact, we do know that a whopping 76% of college students in the US report some sort of mental health issue. That number is actually a little lower among the general population, but it’s still a higher rate than people report for themselves. I wonder if that reflects the fact that there are so many more college students than the general population that are on the hunt for a “safe” place to get the health care they need.
This is a little surprising, I think, because I have always assumed that college students don’t have the same stress that high school students do, and I’ve usually been wrong. I mean, I know that high school students might have more stress and anxiety than college students, but there is a difference.
According to the Harvard mental health letters, only 4.7% of medical students had any psychological issues. It’s the same with the general population.
It seems like the majority of college students have no mental health issues, and the same holds true for the general population. If you’re not suffering from a significant psychological ailment, why is it that people with high stress levels are so anxious? The answer is in the words of a Harvard professor: “This is what happens.
The key to stress is it is a state of high arousal. To put it another way, our emotions are a combination of chemicals in our brain that causes us to act in ways that serve our goals. In a state of high arousal, the chemicals that cause us to act in ways that serve our goals are activated. When this occurs, the brain automatically switches its attention to a new goal and the goal changes.
Stress has been the bane of modern society since the dawn of civilization. It’s how we survive war and poverty, the threat of starvation, and the threat of disease. Our physiology is designed to fight those threats. When the stress level rises, the body’s fight-or-flight response kicks in, our heart beats faster, our breathing increases, our blood pressure rises, and our muscles tense.
So, all those physical changes are part of the fight-or-flight response. They increase our physical reaction to stress, but in doing so they also have the effect of temporarily disinhibiting the brain. This causes what is called a “mental fatigue” that can occur when we’re under such intense stress. This mental fatigue can trigger a mental illness.
Mental fatigue can be triggered by many things. The stress of everyday activity can create mental fatigue, but stress can also be caused by social or psychological factors. Stress is both a physical and a mental illness.