For many college students, classes, homework, and exams are the least of their troubles. Some face stresses related to emotional issues that far outweigh the typical college pressures - experiences that can lead to depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
"Some parents miss the warning signs: a sharp drop in the amount of communication, excessive requests for money, weight fluctuations, depression and fatigue, along with failing grades... According to Outsidetheclassrom.org, a Boston-based company... the introductory weeks are when many abusive habits are formed among college students."
Parents can catch these problems early by communicating regularly with their children to find out how they are really doing. Listen for warning signs of stress or anxiety, such as if the student says he is having trouble sleeping, or refers to a sudden change in appetite. Source: Channel 7 News (Denver, CO)