Frequently Asked  Questions

What are the most frequently occurring mental disorders?

Anxiety disorders ranging from panic attacks to obsessive compulsive disorder.

Which gender has the higher rate of depression?

Females suffer from twice the rate of depression when compared to males.

Why do women suffer from a higher rate of depression?

Several factors contribute to higher rates of depression among women, including:

Genetic and biological factors

Reproductive factors

Hormonal factors

Abuse and oppression factors

Interpersonal factors

Psychological and personality characteristics

What are the common symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders include:

Constant worrying or obsession




Difficulty concentrating

Muscle aches and tension

Trembling, or feeling “twitchy”

Trouble sleeping

Sweating, nausea, or diarrhea

Shortness of breath or rapid heart beat

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Signs and symptoms of major depression include:

Loss of interest in daily activities

Feeling sad


Sudden crying spells

Sleeping problems

Difficulty concentrating

Difficulty with decision making

Weight loss or weight gain



Being easily annoyed


Feeling worthless

Thoughts of suicidal behavoirs

Physical pain

What are the risk factors for eating disorders?

Risk factors for eating disorders include:

Gender: Females are more likely to have eating disorders.

Age: Eating disorders most commonly occur among teenagers and young adults.

Family influences: Those who do feel less secure in their families are more likely to develop an eating disorder.

Emotional disorders: People with preexisting emotional disorders, like anxiety or depression, are more likely to suffer from an eating disorder.

Dieting: Those who diet excessively are prone to eating disorders.

Transitions: People who experience frequent transitions in life, like moving away to college, are more likely to experience eating disorders.

Sport activities: Athletes, actors, and dancers are at higher risk for eating disorders.

Media: Television, movies, and fashion magazines increase and individual’s risk for eating disorders.

Which gender has higher rate of suicide?

Male college students have a higher rate of suicide than female college students. The suicide rate for males is 10 per 100,000 college aged males; the suicide rate for females is 4.5 per 100,000 college aged females.

Why are mental illnesses increasing on college campuses?

Greater participation in higher education may contribute to the rise of mental disorders among college students. Greater awareness about mental disorders may also influence the increase in diagnosed mental illnesses on college campuses.

Where can I go for help with a mental disorder?

Most college campus offer student health services. Brigham Young  University’s Student Health Services offers a variety of resources for students suffering from mental disorders. Students with private health insurance plans can visit their family practice physician to receive a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrists.


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