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Social media is changing how college students deal with mental health, for better or worse

from The Huffington Post

When she began her freshman year in 2011, Sydney embarked on a tumultuous transformation. She had been accepted to her "reach school," Duke University, where students seemed to strive for perfection both academically and socially. The change came fast and without warning for Sydney, who asked to be referred to by her first name for this story to protect her privacy. In the classroom, she did not coast by as she had in high school. Her grades lagged, friendships both formed and faltered, and at times she lost confidence. Although many students find it difficult to adjust to college, Sydney carried the additional weight of an anxiety diagnosis. Change, she noted, can exacerbate the effects of a mental health disorder. more


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