Wednesday, Mar 29 2023

Stress in students is increasing

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Scientific Articles

  • Andrews, B., & Wilding, J. M. (2004). The relation of depression and anxiety to life‐stress and achievement in students. British journal of psychology, 95(4), 509-521.
  • Beiter, R., Nash, R., McCrady, M., Rhoades, D., Linscomb, M., Clarahan, M., & Sammut, S. (2015). The prevalence and correlates of depression, anxiety, and stress in a sample of college students. Journal of affective disorders, 173, 90-96.
  • Debowska, A., Horeczy, B., Boduszek, D., & Dolinski, D. (2022). A repeated cross-sectional survey assessing university students’ stress, depression, anxiety, and suicidality in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Poland. Psychological Medicine, 52(15), 3744-3747.

Explanation of the Post

To introduce it is important to establish a base, we see how the National Institute of Health, states that about 1 in 3 adolescents between 13 and 18 years may have an anxiety disorder and this only increases. We can say that there are different reasons:

  • High expectations and pressure from students. Through a survey of the Investigation of Higher Education, he asked first-year university students if they feel anxiety. In 2016, 41% of students answered yes, while in 200 it was only 18% who answered yes.
  • A world that causes fear.
  • Social networks, since students are increasingly connected to social networks.
  • Entering college involves several transitions (introductory, freshman, sophomore, and junior) that can require significant adjustments, cause distress, and affect young people’s mental health and well-being. Specifically, this suffering and stress (65 percent of students), anxiety, feelings of loneliness and inability to cope (43 percent of students), depression and homesickness (33 percent of students), and thoughts suicidal (8 percent of students concerned).

We see how, in addition to that, we find situations in the classroom that can lead to a state of anxiety: socialization or teamwork, not handing in homework, problems in some subjects…

Anxiety in students can cause various symptoms such as:

  • Constant fears and worries
  • Behavior changes
  • Avoid certain activities
  • Low grades
  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating
  • You have physical problems, such as fatigue, headaches…

You can solve and try to reduce these situations by talking with the children about some of the moments in which they may feel anxious, helping them to see things in perspective. In addition, the child/adolescent is aware of the expectations that their parents set for them. Parents need to be realistic and not set expectations at levels that cannot be reached. And above all, another way is to talk to children about the use of social networks since the reduction of these can increase their rest and help them think critically and be more active to carry out their tasks.

In general we can affirm that yes, more and more students develop mental illnesses such as anxiety. This is derived from various factors already mentioned above, but it should be noted that parents greatly influence the development of children, and their expectations and concerns.

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  1. Scientific research in many diverse contexts indicates that stress and anxiety-related symptoms have been increasing for years among students (Andrews et al., 2004; Beiter et al., 2015; Ramon et al., 2020). This increase in stress and anxiey correlates with financial problems related to studies (Andrews et al., 2004), sleep problems and insomnia (Gardani et al., 2022), academic performance and pressure (Beiter et al., 2015), among others.

    In this sense, it is important to highlight the impact that the pandemic and the consequent confinement has had on the mental health and stress of young people, increasing the levels of anxiety (and depression), as indicated by research conducted in different countries (Haikalis et al, 2022; Maia & Dias, 2020; Devowska et al., 2020).

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