Mental Health of the American Freshman

This article addresses the soaring levels of stress and suicide on college campuses, particularly among Asian-American women; the difference between anxiety and depression; what colleges can do to instill a sense of happiness independent of achievements, and the importance of developing the art of talking about feelings. A recurring dream troubles Connie each night. She’s walking when the darkness knots her feet, creeps up all around her, and she falls. When she first came to the US from Fujian, China at eleven years old, she told herself, “No one is here to support you. You must support yourself.” Through the crossfires of insomnia, exhaustion, crying, overeating, and panic attacks, she gra


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