Online Mental Health Screenings
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The purpose of providing students with mental health screenings is to enable students to see whether or not their concerns may need further attention. The screenings also are used to indicate a possible need for services, including mental health counseling.
**All mental health screenings are completely anonymous. Anonymous means that there is no way that anyone can identify that you have taken a mental health screening. No identifying information is provided to the Wellness Center.
It is common knowledge that college students are at a high risk to use and possibly abuse alcohol. College culture normalizes this experience for students. However, 31% of students met the criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6% met the criteria for alcohol dependence (collegedrinkingprevention.gov, 2010). Moreover, 25% of students report experiencing difficulty with academic tasks as a result of their alcohol consumption due to higher incidences of missing class, falling behind and generally performing poorly with academic tasks (collegedrinkingprevention.gov, 2010).
Anxiety is a common issue for college students. This is due to the increased amount of stress and pressure college students often experience. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (2012), approximately 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders in the United States and 75% of those adults experience their first episode by age 22. Moreover, 80% of college students report experiencing daily stress (Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 2012).
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, is a type of mental illness that involves a disorder of affect or mood. The person's mood usually swings between overly "high" or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between. Symptoms include extreme irritability and distractibility, excessive "high" or euphoric feelings, increased energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts, rapid speech, decreased need for sleep, unrealistic beliefs in one's abilities and powers, increased sexual drive, abuse of drugs or alcohol, reckless behavior such as spending sprees, rash business decisions, or erratic driving, and in severe cases, hallucinations and loss of reason
Depression is also a common issue among college students. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2012), 3o% of college students felt so depressed that they experience difficulty functioning. Therefore, if you feel as though you may be experiencing symptoms of depression, it may be beneficial to utilize the screening tool to determine whether or not mental health services could improve your well-being.
There are much higher numbers of college students having eating disorders when compared to the general population; 25% of college students experience symptoms of anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating compared to 5% of the general population (National Institute of Mental Health, 2012.). Therefore, due to the possibility of both mental and physical health consequences as a result of eating disorders, it is important to understand the severity of the disorder and whether or not it could be beneficial to receive additional services to overcome this issue.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Posttraumatic stress disorder affects people who have experienced a traumatic event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or personal assaults such as rape. Symptoms include nightmares and flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feelings of detachment/estrangement. Symptoms can be persistent and severe enough to significantly impair a patient's daily life.