Charles Ames Fischer

Teacher • Author • Consultant • Mentor


Stress in College Freshmen

Posted by Charles Fischer on January 29, 2011 at 5:22 AM

Here's an article about how freshmen are arriving at college with record levels of stress. The economy is likely playing a big part in this, especially as students ponder how they will pay off huge student loans. However, there are other key factors as well. I think immediately of Richard Louv's book Last Child in the Woods where he writes about nature deficit disorder and how people are becoming more and more detached from the environment. Going for a walk in nature, which would have been an easy stress reliever for many people years ago, is now seen as gross and dirty by many people. Instead of slowing down and "smelling the roses" many of these college freshmen, especially women, are taking on more responsibilities instead of finding the mental health downtime that we all need. 

I am lead to thinking about information overload syndrome as well. Students in this internet generation have access to so much information ALL of the time that they are practically swimming in bits and gigabytes. High schools should modify their health classes so that a major component is on mental health, relaxation, and catharsis. Sure, the biological health is still important, but this trend of high stress levels for kids is remarkably unhealthy and perhaps even dangerous. I haven't seen the statistics on this, but I wonder if there is a corresponding increasing in teen suicides...

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