Nearly three-fourths of college students have reported feeling "overwhelming anxiety" during their college enrollment. Often, college students are trying to balance demanding classes, internships, social engagements, and part-time or even full-time employment. Add to this the stress of finances, with many students owning thousands in debt, and you have a recipe for extreme anxiety. Most college students understand that their performance in school will have a long-term impact on their lives and careers, so doing poorly is not an option, and this can lead to them putting undue pressure on themselves.
And many of these students face greater independence and social pressures than they ever did before in their lives. This pressure can lead them to turn to alcohol or other illicit substances, some of which are widely available on college campuses around the country. Drug use is more common among those diagnosed with mental illnesses like anxiety, and suicide among college students is on the rise.