The Fledgling Stage is Often Overwhelming and Stressful!
Imagine the upcoming process of being uprooted from the home that has been your sanctuary for eighteen years and being separated from the people who have cared for you consistently through thick and thin your entire life. The transition to college and adulthood is a big jump for many teenagers. After what has been years of preparation, you are finally getting ready to gradually jump into the real world. Congratulations on taking the next milestone in life!
As exciting as it all sounds (and is), there will be many challenges along the way. College is unique in that when you are making this transition, you are changing your entire life. With this new adventure, you will experience many new things and feelings like living on your own, meeting new people, harder academics and competition, and figuring out your sense of self and also your future plans. You may question who you are and what you want to do with your future. The journey forward also often results in deep reflection inwards. In this, you may experience self-doubt or imposter-syndrome or may want to more closely examine what makes you, you.
Depression and Anxiety are Issues Prevalent Issues Among Students
In 2006, according to the American College Health Association Survey it was found that 36% of men and 45% of women faced depression which interfered with completing their day to day tasks. These numbers are concerning and reflect that while transition can be exciting and positive, that it can also cause stress that can be experienced in negative ways.
Although some students feel symptoms of depression and anxiety and do not seek help, it does not mean that you should refrain from seeking the help you deserve and need. With the help of an understanding therapist or other mental health professional, you can get support as you navigate through challenges and difficulties. A new environment like college can be extremely taxing. Perhaps college is the first time that you will be away from your family and friends for an extended period of time. And even if it is not, other stressors like academics can put a toll on your mental wellbeing, and therefore your physical health.
Think of a Therapist as a Support Who Helps You Through your Individual Path
At Thriving Lane, our telepsychiatrists, physician associates, therapists and counselors have vast experience in supporting people through their hard times and helping you gain insight which will be valuable in your process of gaining autonomy and shaping your future. Above all, we prioritize your mental health and well-being. In our sessions, we blend conventional interventions with holistic approaches in order to ensure that your emotional needs are addressed and met.
Why Can’t I Just Talk to My Friends or Family About My Issues?
While talking to friends and family can certainly help your mental state, it is important to see how talking to a trained professional can make far more of a difference. Many students feel alone at college, as they no longer have their family and longtime friends around them to help. Although you will surely make friends throughout your college career, you may not feel fully connected in the beginning. This means that you may not be willing to be vulnerable with the people around you, especially if you do not know if you can fully trust these new people with your inner thoughts and feelings. Talking to a trained professional means that you will be guaranteed someone who is able to use telecounseling strategies which have been proven effective to guide you through your issues and ensure confidentiality.
Why Can’t I Deal With My Problems Alone?
College can feel very isolating if you are not able to make close friends quickly. While a mental health professional is not your friend per se, a counselor, therapist, or doctor is a trained professional who is able to help you through your mental health issues and give you a space to understand and examine your feelings. In addition, if you feel like you have no one in your life to talk to about your issues, you may begin to feel even more lonely which can exacerbate stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Sometimes, you might connect with a counselor on your college campus, but often university health systems only offer a few limited sessions, and it can be helpful to see someone online to reduce your commute time and increase your continuity.
If you are even considering going to therapy, then there is not much to be lost by at least starting with a few sessions. Although those few sessions may not solve all your problems, they have the potential to show you how much a therapist can help. Building a connection with a trusted mental health professional from the comfort of your own can aid in your growth and help you cope with your difficulties in a proactive rather than reactive way.
If you are interested in finding more about online therapy, holistic treatment and medication management in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota, please follow these three simple steps.
- Call (347) 830 7720, click client portal on the top left side or hit the book now button to get in touch with Thriving Lane. Our staff will do a free 10-minute consultation to see how we can help.
- Connect with us through our newsletter and online content to help improve your mental health even if you aren’t ready for teletherapy, telemedicine, or telecounseling.
- Begin the journey to finding your inner peace and achieving your highest potential!