There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Promoting happiness and health in the college years
Marcia Morris M.D.
If COVID has taught us anything, it has taught us the power and importance of social connection.
We as psychiatrists and you as parents have an important role as advocates in ensuring our college students get the medical and psychiatric care they need.
The decision to start medication depends on the severity of symptoms, how functioning is impacted, and patient preference.
With your work, love, and encouragement, you can help your student move from crisis to recovery.
You are an important advocate for your child and can provide valuable feedback regarding medication response and side effects.
If behavioral changes or therapy do not work for depression, anxiety, or ADHD, medication is another tool to improve functioning.
Now is the time to encourage your college student to seek an array of social connections
If we or our children are struggling, there is help to bridge us to better times ahead.
Approaching our own and our children’s trauma with compassion is the first step on the road to healing.
COVID-19 is likely to bring new twists and turns to the academic year; you can help your college student find a healthy path to resiliency.
Take this time to pause and examine how you and your college student can prioritize what really matters.
Believing in your future while taking action to build your future is the formula for college success.
New research on parents’ perceptions of college mental health reveals heartening and surprising findings.
When your student is entering senior year, it is critical that you check in with them about their fears for the future.
If you have gotten your child to open up to you about mental health, you have won half the battle.
The gap year may be a solution for some students to grow socially and emotionally, to gain maturity, or to get a stronger financial footing, so they can achieve success.
Parents and students need to creatively and assertively search for treatment.
The authors of these guides speak not only as professionals but also as parents who recognize the need for creative approaches to twenty-first century parenting.
With our children away at college, we have more opportunities to improve our physical, emotional, social, and financial health.
With mental health problems soaring on campus, the knowledge you share with your child could save a college career or even a life.
What should you do if your college student is in a psychiatric hospital? You can be a tremendous source of support for your child during this stressful time.
A grandparent’s death can pose challenges for a college student, but with your support and campus resources, your student can learn to cope.
The accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of ADHD are critical because ADHD, if left untreated, can lead to poor school performance, driving mishaps, and substance abuse.
In the face of current cultural anxieties, we can continue to encourage safety, academic success, and social belonging.
Sex is one of the toughest topics to talk about with your college-aged children, but also one of the most important.
College aged adults are redefining what it means to be a man or a woman.
We notice physical changes when our children come home from college, like a butterfly tattoo on their ankle, but we can be less aware of the internal transformation taking place.
It’s strange to think that you could feel lonely on a campus of 500 or 5,000 students, but it happens all the time.
Resilience. Hope. Recovery. Remember these words if your child has an episode of psychosis.
With the right treatment plan, your child can develop the tools to fight her way out of the darkness of depression and into the light of recovery.
Marcia Morris, M.D., is the author of The Campus Cure: A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness for College Students. She is a psychiatrist at the University of Florida.