College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It
September 2005, Jossey-Bass
- A hands-on guide for helping students overcome stress and succeed in a college environment.
- An examination of the effects of such commonplace stress factors such as: identity development, relationships, sexuality, roommate problems, academic pressures, extracurricular demands, parental expectations, and racial and cultural differences that affect self-worth.
- Personal stories of students under stress and describes how they overcame a variety of problems.
- The warning signs and symptoms of common problems, including depression, sleep disorders, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, impulsive behaviors, and suicide.
Part I The Problems: Why Are Some Kids So Unhappy at College? 5
1. Normal Developmental Issues 7
2. Pressure and Competition: Academic, Extracurricular, Parental, Racial, and Cultural 35
3. Financial Worries and Social Fears 65
4. Crisis on Campus: Feeling Hopeless and Helpless 89
Part II The Solution: For Colleges, Parents, and Students 153
5. What Are Colleges Doing About the Crisis? And What More Should Be Done? 155
6. What Can Parents Do? 183
7. For Students Only 213
Appendix A: The 2002 American College Health Association Survey Results 239
Appendix B: Everything You Need to Know About Medications 243
Appendix C: Checklists for Colleges and Counseling Centers 261
Appendix D: Resources 267
About the Authors 285
Theresa Foy DiGeronimo is the author of more than thirty-five books in the fields of education and parenting. She is the coauthor of How to Talk to Your Kids About Really Important Things and Launching Our Black Children for Success, both from Jossey-Bass.