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The challenges in providing mental health care to the college community are significant. Here's a brief look at the issues.
Psychiatrists can provide significant support and insight to patients who are now coming to campus with a wide array of mental health challenges.
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Although college students are in many ways similar to any patient in their age group, their environment and stressors differ in significant ways. The authors identify issues to consider in assessing and managing suicidality in this population.
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Psychiatrists should not be afraid to assess parenting issues and other stressors when treating depressed or psychotic parents of young children.
All psychiatrists know the risk factors for suicide. Among the newest modifiable risk factors to join the list are insomnia and nightmares.
Twenty years ago, it was rare for college students to mention suicidal thoughts, and even more rare to involve parents in their care. Today, students are more likely to describe suicidal ideation, necessitating a more thorough safety assessment with potential outreach to parents.
Impulsivity has long been thought to be an important risk factor for depression and suicide. But recent research suggests that the reality might actually be counterintuitive.