Academic Issues

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Whether you’re in college, graduate school, or really any academic environment, school can be complicated. It’s often a source of excitement, inspiration, and personal development, but it can also be stressful. For some people, academic issues can be closely connected to mental health symptoms. Trouble with school might lead to mental health challenges, while a mental health condition could also lead to trouble with school.

It’s normal to experience stress and emotional setbacks in school from time to time; nearly everyone has experienced anxiety before a test or disappointment over negative feedback.

However, if your academic issues are causing you significant stress, anxiety, or other mental health concerns on a regular basis, you may want to seek support from a therapist.

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In the United States, academic issues seem to be a common source of stress and other mental health concerns, especially among college undergraduates. An annual survey from The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors reports that:

While it’s hard to know whether academic issues specifically cause these mental health conditions, there seems to be a clear link between mental health issues and the intense academic experience of college.

Another report from The Center for Collegiate Mental Health notes that out of over 160,000 students at 147 schools who used their college counseling centers in 2017:

School-related stress can also be a problem for students who aren’t undergraduates. For example, a study from New York University found that almost half of the high school students studied experienced significant levels of stress.

Different people will have different reactions to academic issues, but here are a few of the most common mental health challenges that may be related to academic issues:

Types of academic issues

Issues with academics can take many different forms. Here are a few of the most common scenarios:

If you’re dealing with any of the issues described here, you have a number of options:

Therapy types for academic issues

A number of different kinds of psychotherapy may be helpful for academic issues. Depending on the nature of your challenges, you might want to work with a therapist who focuses on stress, anxiety, or self-esteem.

Try exploring the following varieties of psychotherapy and see which you think might be good fits for your specific academic issues:

What to look for in a therapist for academic issues

You’ll want to make sure that your therapist is qualified to treat academic issues, as well as any specific related mental health problems you may be experiencing. This will usually involve:

Finally, as with any therapy, it’s important to make sure that your therapist is a good fit for your unique needs. Be sure to evaluate the following in your initial calls with therapists:

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