College students often feel a blend of emotions. They\u2019re proud of their achievements and this step towards independence; but they probably also miss their friends, family, and routine back at home. Students may also be apprehensive about how they\u2019ll handle the newfound or recurrent stresses of college.Mental illness is on the rise among college students. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, \u201cmore than 85% of college students described feeling \u2018overwhelmed,\u2019 and 51% reported feeling that \u2018things were hopeless.\u2019\u201dThis is a new and startling trend, one that Dr. Anthony Rostain, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, attributes to a lack of emotional readiness in a generation raised on social media and by parents who tend to over-prepare and overprotect their children.Students who excelled in high school may be shocked by the challenges of collegeDr. Rostain outlines three types of obstacles that students face when attending college:fear of not belonging sociallyfear of not performing well academicallyunrealistic expectations around what \u201csuccess\u201d actually means and looks likeFor students who grew accustomed to excelling in high school, college can be a massive shock \u2013 students report feeling like they are in over their heads, and a single bad grade can feel like an ominous sign that failure is inevitable.The Wall Street Journal article, titled \u201cIs Your Child Emotionally Ready for College?\u201d gives the example of a student athlete who injured his hamstring in his very first semester \u2013 he couldn\u2019t compete in track anymore, and became isolated from his teammates. To cope, he resorted to drugs. It wasn\u2019t until he failed a drug test that he began to receive help for the underlying depression.The fear of failure, and an inability to effectively navigate it, can lead to a spiral of distress in students. At the same time, most students who are struggling do not believe that their problems are bad enough to require assistance from a mental health professional. The American Journal of College Health found that the reasons college students don\u2019t seek help are because they don\u2019t feel the problems are serious enough (66% of respondents,) they don\u2019t have enough time (27%), or they feel they can handle it on their own (18%).Fortunately, many colleges are working hard to remove the stigma of mental illness and are taking proactive steps to educate students about the signs of stress and mental illness. But what should you do if you are struggling? 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Janet Hibbs. \u201cIs Your Child Emotionally Ready for College?\u201d The Wall Street Journal. 24 Aug 2019: C1. Print.