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Coping on Campus

Mental Health and the University Student

Doris Iarovici, MD

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In the midst of a mental health epidemic among college students, Doris Iarovici explains why this is happening now and what we can do about it.

College student mental health has been in decline since before the COVID-19 pandemic, which then led to a doubling of incidences of youth anxiety and depression symptoms. The past decade's breakneck rate of technological change—with the widespread adoption of virtual classrooms, smartphones, AI, and social media—has led to new mental health challenges as well as novel opportunities for treatment.

In Coping on Campus, Doris Iarovici, MD, discusses...

In the midst of a mental health epidemic among college students, Doris Iarovici explains why this is happening now and what we can do about it.

College student mental health has been in decline since before the COVID-19 pandemic, which then led to a doubling of incidences of youth anxiety and depression symptoms. The past decade's breakneck rate of technological change—with the widespread adoption of virtual classrooms, smartphones, AI, and social media—has led to new mental health challenges as well as novel opportunities for treatment.

In Coping on Campus, Doris Iarovici, MD, discusses students' lifestyle issues and psychiatric concerns using case vignettes to explore a variety of interventions related to substance abuse, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, sleep issues, depression and anxiety, and perfectionism. Included is a guide to making emergency assessments, from risk classification and hospitalization to public safety and communication within and outside the campus community.

This revised and updated guide covers a multitude of changes across today's college campuses. Gen Z students bring new dynamics to campus and mental health treatment, and more students identify as nonbinary or gender diverse. New chapters tackle the virtual campus, the mental health challenges of student-athletes, and the effects of trigger warnings, cancel culture, and free speech debates on campus. The legalization of cannabis in many states, new drug delivery systems such as vaping devices, and a growing interest in psychedelics have changed the landscape of substance use disorder treatment. Models of care have undergone dramatic shifts, including a pivot to telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, new hybrid treatment models, app-based approaches, and stepped care models.

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Coping on Campus is an important guide to all the issues facing college student mental health today. From substance use to perfectionism to cancel culture, Iarovici has provided everyone in higher ed with an invaluable roadmap for understanding and tackling the challenges facing young people today.

Iarovici shares her deep clinical experience and wisdom in this wonderful updated text, which features illuminating clinical vignettes that highlight mental health problem areas for college students. Her writing is engaging and clear, and she includes up-to-date research and content areas. This is an excellent resource!

We don't often talk about college students as a separate population with unique challenges and clinical considerations, but they are. This book showcases the complexities of being a college student today, from sleep to social media, and guides us to a better understanding of students' mental health struggles as a result. Written by a longstanding and trusted expert in the field, it is a must-read for anyone hoping to treat college students or trying to better understand their mental health!

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Part I. The Student in Context: The Interdependent Campus
1. Crisis on the College Campus?
2. The Changing Face of the American University Student
3. The Virtual Campus
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List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Part I. The Student in Context: The Interdependent Campus
1. Crisis on the College Campus?
2. The Changing Face of the American University Student
3. The Virtual Campus
4. General Issues on Campus
5. Cancel Culture, Trigger Warnings, and Free Speech on Campus
6. The Psychiatrist's Role in College Mental Health
Part II. Clinical Challenges
7. Sleep Problems on Campus
8. Alcohol on Campus
9. Non-alcohol Substance Abuse on Campu
10. Loneliness and Relationships on Campus
11. Perfectionism
12. Vulnerable Populations: International Students
13. Vulnerable Populations: Student-Athletes
14. Vulnerable Populations: LGBTQIA+ Students
15. Disordered Eating
16. Difficulty Concentrating and Increased Distractions
17. Anxiety
18. Depression and Other Mood Problems
19. Psychotic Symptoms
20. Emergency Situations on Campus
21. Impulse Control Problems, Behavioral Addictions, and Other Problematic Behaviors
22. The Nontraditional Student
23. Models of Treatment
24. Treatment Challenges in the University Population
Epilogue. Student Emotional Well-Being: Looking Toward the Future
Notes
Index

Author Bio
Doris Iarovici, MD
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Doris Iarovici, MD

Doris Iarovici, MD, provides psychiatric care to college students at Harvard University’s Counseling and Mental Health Services. She was previously a psychiatrist at Duke University, in private practice, and at a residential eating disorders treatment program. Her essays about college mental health have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Psychiatric Times, and elsewhere.