Depression

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Depression

“Sources of Stress and Coping in American College Students Who Have Been Diagnosed With Depression”

Facts

  1. There is a high incidence of depression amongst college age population as per data availed by the American College Health Association with an estimated 16% of students suffering from depression at some point in their college lives.
  2. The high incidence of depression is attributable to increase in the competitive nature of their learning environments leading to stress and subsequent development of depression.
  • Depression and stress is termed as the primary cause of decline in academic performance amongst college students.
  1. The high expectations from family members and shifting employment market induce high levels of competition resulting in stress and depression amongst the students.
  2. Problems with adjustment into college life such as conflicts with roommates, extensive academic workload are among some of the problems encountered
  3. Financial problems such as educational loans and the associated concerns of future employment are also amongst concerns raised by students leading to depression
  • Additionally students employ a variety of techniques such as journaling, engaging in extracurricular activities and other self-actualization activities to relieve stress.
  • In addition, other factors that contribute to depression amongst college students include family history of anxiety and depression.
  1. It is important for nursing practitioners within college settings to provide students with educational interventions to help them cope and management stress and other depression symptoms effectively
  2. Non-pharmaceutical strategies are also utilized by students as a means of managing stress and dealing with incidences of depression.

Part 1

The high incidence of depression amongst college students is indicative of the negative effects of the overly competitive nature of college education, especially in the United States. The concerns amongst students in terms of meeting financial obligations such as tuition fees and living expenses in college exacerbate stress and depression amongst college students. In addition, it is important to note that the competitive nature of the employment market has brought about continuous competitive amongst students as they strive to excel to meet presumed market standards in their preferred careers (Aselton, 2012). The need to address the high incidence of stress and depression is important, as it would provide a significant number of students with appropriate, adequate, and effective strategies for managing and alleviating stress and depression symptoms for optimal academic performance. Managing stress may enable students to develop healthy relationships and adopt appropriate lifestyles for optimal academic performance.

Part 2

The article was deficient in providing additional sources of stress and interventions, which can be used by instructors and other professionals in college settings to enable students deal with stress and depression. In addition, the method used in the collection of information could have been false due to issues of bias and confidentiality amongst the students. In addition, the information collected should also have focused on the thoughts of the participants to understand their emotions and prevalent attempts to cope with stress and depression. For instance it should have been important to question whether some students had attempted or thought of committing suicide due to depression and stress (Comer, 2015). Furthermore, this should have focused also on the help they sought to cope with suicidal thoughts and tendencies, which is common amongst college students. Future attempts should also focus on the incidence of suicidal attempts as a means of dealing with the rise in successful suicides in college and other institutional settings. Moreover, it would also be important to understand the level of drug abuse as a coping mechanism for stress and depression amongst students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Aselton, P. (2012). Sources of Stress and Coping in American College Students Who Have Been Diagnosed With Depression. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 25: 119-123.

Comer, R. J. (2015). Abnormal psychology (9th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.

 

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