Cause And Effect Of Stress On College Students

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According to a study by the Associated Press and mtvU, “eight in 10 college students say they have sometimes or frequently experienced stress in their daily lives over the past three months,” (‘Stress in College Students”). College Students are inevitably going to be affected by stress at some point throughout their college experience; however, the cause of the stress can vary by student. Some of the causes of stress on college students can be tests, homework, home life, social life, and jobs. Many times, college students have all or most of these causes piled on top of one another; therefore, giving them extremely high levels of stress. There are many negative effects of stress on college students. To begin, one effect of stress on college students is physical health problems. Some of these problems can include internal stomach problems, weight gain, and even weight loss. When people are stressed, they tend to focus on the stressor rather than their own health. For example, college students can experience internal stomach problems because of the amount of stress they are under. According to Doctor Michael Craig Miller from Harvard Medical School, functional gastrointestinal disorders have many different causes but stress in particular can cause these problems to arise (Miller). This goes to show that stress can largely affect college students’ physical health. Aside from stomach issues, many college students experience weight gain or weight loss. The Freshman 15 is a
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