Stress the Monster That Plagues the Unsuspecting College Student

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Stress the Monster that plagues the unsuspecting College Student EGN 115 May 26, 2014 Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students enrolled in four year institutions in the United States, Sonya Weisburd, the senior manager for Active Minds states that this statistic exists particularly because; our society tells students that ‘college is the best time of your life,’ while in reality, college life is significantly more complicated. The stress of college definitely contributes to increased rates of psychiatric distress. Stress is a normal factor of life but not all stress is good for you. The average college student has to juggle a fulltime course load, work, extracurricular activities, and social activities; though it is considered normal to experience stress with the combination of all these activities it should not be a way of life. Stress is defined by the National Health Ministries as being simply the body's non-specific response to any demand made on it. Stress is not by definition synonymous with nervous tension or anxiety. Stress provides the means to express talents and energies and pursue happiness; it can also cause exhaustion and illness, either physical or psychological; heart attacks and accidents. The important Thing to remember about stress is that certain forms are normal and essential. Stress has been further defined as “the process by which we appraise and respond to events that disrupt or threaten to disrupt, our physical or psychological functioning” (Baron & Keshlar). In the study conducted by Laura P. Womble (2002) on the impact of stress factors on college student’s academic performance, she stated that the present study was unable to find a correlation between students’ scores on the perceived stress scale and their GPA. In an attempt of identifying the most common possible stressors for the average

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