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Supporting Mental Health in College

Many young adults feel that the normal pressures of college combined with the pandemic have had a negative effect on their education and significantly harmed their mental health. According to a 2020 survey by BestColleges.com, 95% of college students experienced negative mental health symptoms and 46% reported feeling more isolated and lonelier since the start of the pandemic. Many reported sleeping less, feeling more anxious and depressed, and 32% experienced feelings of hopelessness. With most colleges opening their campuses and returning to in-person learning, efforts must be made to support positive mental health and to help students heal, process, and recover from past events.

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Minority Mental Health

July is National Minority Mental Health Month, a time to continue the visionary work of Bebe Moore Campbell who worked tirelessly to end the stigma and shed a light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented communities. As we recognize this month and the dedication to addressing the mental health needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), it is important to understand more about the challenges these communities are facing.

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Understanding How to Cope with PTSD

Trauma is defined by the experience of emotional disruption resulting in brain dysregulation significant enough to evoke a “fight or flight” or “shut-down” reaction from the sub-cortical (non-conscious) limbic system. Yellowbrick recognizes Cumulative Trauma and Occurrence Trauma as differentiated but often combined contexts resulting in brain dysregulation. Not all states of dysregulation result in the symptom profile of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as defined in the DSM-V but this group is the most well researched. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can even occur when someone has witnessed, not only experienced, a traumatic event.

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Understanding PTSD: Diagnosis and Symptoms

PTSD or Post-traumatic stress disorder can be triggered when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event such as an accident, assault, natural disaster, or combat. This mental health disorder affects 3.6% of the U.S. adult population, with about 37% of those diagnosed being classified as having severe symptoms, and often co-occurs with other disorders such as substance use disorder, anxiety, and depression.  

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Eating Disorders and the Road to Recovery

Eating disorders are serious mental and physical illnesses that affect an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in America. As with other mental illnesses, eating disorders are not a choice. There are many contributing factors such as genetics, social pressures, negative body image, low self-esteem, and other contributing factors such as stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, sexual abuse, substance use, stressful life changes, or weight-oriented careers such as gymnastics, running, or modeling. A key to helping those in need to take the first step to recovery is to educate yourself.  

What are the types of eating disorders?

While there are many types of eating disorders, these three are the most common – anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.  Let’s take a closer look at each one. 

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