College is a watershed time in your life. You are transitioning from your teen years to adulthood, from your parents’ home to dorm living, and from your hometown to the world at large.
It can be difficult to navigate these crossroads, and it may be tempting to drink and use drugs in order to relieve some of the pressure. Drugs and alcohol might serve as immediate crutches, but psychological distress will unfortunately follow. Depression and dependence become some students’ daily realities, but instead of stigmatizing these issues, we must understand them.
Whether navigating college lifestyle has become a burden that has progressed your anxiety, OCD, depression, or substance use more than you’re used to, or you think you might need help for a loved one, the first step is reaching out for help.