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Mental Health and College Student Developmental Psychology Safira Adikini October/31/2018 Linda Dean Mental Health and college students Mental health is an on going issue for students with substance abuse that can arise and the social relationships that can become affected

Mental Health and College Student
Developmental Psychology
Safira Adikini
Linda Dean

Mental Health and college students
Mental health is an on going issue for students with substance abuse that can arise and the social relationships that can become affected. According to a research done on undergraduate mental students, interpersonal and intrapersonal resilience plays a role in mental health in college students and can possibly affect GPA (Hartley, 2011). Substance abuse plays a significant role in college students, especially those who have access to the ability to get a hold of substances such as drugs, alcohol and paraphernalia (Mason, Zaharakis, Benotsch, 2014). When specifically talking about access to these substances pharmacological drugs can play a role in the abuse system going on in schools everywhere (Kirsch, Doerfler, Truong, 2015). When dealing with mental health ADHD, depression, and anxiety are huge things that can be related to dealing with health of students (Kirsch, Doerfler, Truong, 2015). By “simultaneously addressing the individual and institutional levels that have influences on mental health offers the most promising help for students” (Byrd, McKinney, 2012) society will be able to better assist the health of students. As seen from most of these studies there are many factors that can play a role in mental health for students and college students alike.

To understand what it means to be a college student with mental health issues you first should understand what mental health means. Mental health plays a part in how we think and act, so having an issue with this can be detrimental. In this study the results find that further evidence can be gathered in regards to “further exposing the relationship between resilience, mental health and academic persistence” (Hartley, 2011). Intrapersonal is how you think within and interpersonal is the interaction with other either through means of communication or through the effects one’s personality can have on another. The grades we get and the relationships we have change in our personality can all happen from someone who is going through college differently. There is still very extensive research that is needed to be done before conclusions can be made in regards. According to a study done having fewer responsibilities to deal with, more positive outlook on the campus climate, and more interaction with faculty would usually have better mental health (Byrd, McKinney, 2012).
A good social relationship supports a good mental health while poor social relationships can risk factors of mental health conditions like increasing anxiety, isolation, and depression. College students with mental health are less likely to have a good social relationship with others. In this study done, that filtered people based on certain criteria found that when certain situations were brought up in a hypothetical tone more of the students would show stronger signs of social anxiety (Boucher, Cummings, 2017). This type of thing is common when put into a roommate situation, which is another aspect of college. Social relationships have long term and short-term effects on mental health; a good social relationship can benefit mental health. Having good, open, and regular communication is part of building a social relationship. Social anxiety is an outcome when our mind or environment puts us in situations real/fake.
College students with mental health face so many day-to-day challenges another challenge faced is substance abuse whether pharmacological or illegal whether the influence from others or self-motivation it is a growing issue. The increase of diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety related to school/testing, and depression is growing in the U.S. this type of thing can lead to abuse (Kirsch, Doerfler, Truong, 2015). Simply going to your healthcare provider and saying “I’m sad”, “I’m nervous at school”, or “I can’t focus in class” can lead to prescriptions, which can lead to abuse: it can be the buying, selling of these medications, or overdosing (which is take just one more than prescribed). Another issue that can arise from this is having the problem and never seeking help this can lead to illegal drug abuse such as methamphetamine, heroin, or simply marijuana. Other possibilities is just being around the wrong crowd in this study students were 10 times more likely to have access and actually use it when friends of theirs were involved in them. Social media is an avenue that is growing for many student to abuse or get a hold of these drugs this type of thing can poorly effect students current and future mental health (Mason, Zaharakis, Benotsch, 2014). This is not just a problem with student in college but in high school as well; social media makes it a lot easier to get a hold of someone who can help someone who wants this type of thing.

Mental health with college students something that probably doesn’t get enough focus according to several of the articles I have seen more research needs to be done in regards to substance abuse with them and as well as social relationships that can lead to the problems. The reason more of it needs to be done is because that is a conclusion seen in a few of them as well; specifically the article referenced that examines inter and intrapersonal relationships as well as the article that deals with the institutional forces and intra and interpersonal relationships. Social anxiety with roommates is something that can go on as well being in a room with someone for an extended amount of time that you don’t know I would imagine would be weird at least for me. Substance abuse is a newer and growing issue as well especially in college sometime legal or through other means; something should be done about this type of stuff. It is a good thing especially in stressful time such as college to know there are always means of help out there whether therapeutic in nature or pharmacological. That is something good to understand for everyone mental health is a great thing to have straight and that is what these articles seem to want too.

Hartley, M. T. (2011). Examining the Relationships Between Resilience, Mental Health, and Academic Persistence in Undergraduate College Students. Journal of American College Health, 59(7), 596-604. doi:10.1080/07448481.2010.515632
Mason, M. J., Zaharakis, N., ; Benotsch, E. G. (2014). Social Networks, Substance Use, and Mental Health in College Students. Journal of American College Health, 62(7), 470-477. doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.923428
Byrd, D. R., ; McKinney, K. J. (2012). Individual, Interpersonal, and Institutional Level Factors Associated With the Mental Health of College Students. Journal of American College Health, 60(3), 185-193. doi:10.1080/07448481.2011.584334
Kirsch, D. J., Doerfler, L. A., ; Truong, D. (2015). Mental Health Issues Among College Students: Who Gets Referred for Psychopharmacology Evaluation? Journal of American College Health, 63(1), 50-56. doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.960423
Boucher, E. M., ; Cummings, J. A. (2017). Social Anxiety and Social Surrogacy in College Roommate Relationships. European Journal of Personality, 31(1), 63-84. doi:10.1002/per.2090