Did you know that about 1 in 4 Americans will experience a mental disorder in any given year?
To put that number into perspective, take a look at just how many American adults are affected by some of the most common mental health concerns today.
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): 16.6 million
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD): 15 million
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): 7.7 million
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): 6.8 million
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): 2.2 million
It’s undeniable that the mental health crisis in America is growing at epidemic-like rates across the board. But there are certain groups hit particularly harder than others.
Such is the case with collegiate student-athletes.
Student-athletes are undoubtedly overloaded with stress—there’s the obsessive desire to stay fit and at the top of your game, an ingrained need to make a name for yourself, an insane academic workload that you just can’t keep up with, and limited access to mental health care.
So, just how severe has this problem become in recent years? And, what can reasonably be done about this growing issue?
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