Anxiety has now surpassed depression as the number one mental disorder affecting college students. Experts say one of the reasons that number has increased is that more college students are willing to talk to someone about their anxiety and seek help rather than ignoring the issue.

    My friend Laura has two daughters in college. She introduced them to a counselor when they were in high school and encouraged them to continue communicating with her via Skype when they went off to college. “The pressures of college, failure, school, drugs, kids need someone to talk with,” says Laura. “They will not call their parents. They will not share the deep down stuff.”

    Most colleges offer free or low-cost mental health services to students. So when you’re dropping your student off at school next month, it might not be a bad idea to swing by the health clinic, introduce your student to the counselor, and chat about the services available there.

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