The Importance of Early Detection for Mental Health Issues

By Danielle Wirsansky on November 20, 2019

Every student knows that the transition from high school to college is not the smoothest. There are always hiccups and bumps in the road for any journey and you cannot really expect less on the journey from a child to becoming a responsible adult.

But for some new college students, the transition is especially difficult. They might feel as though the changes are too much and are overwhelmed. They may feel like they cannot cope with the changes in their life or the new responsibilities put on them. They might not know how to handle the stress that this change has brought. They just might not be handling the transition well at all. Maybe it even seems like more than the typical transition-to-college stressors.

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If this sounds like you or someone you know, these symptoms might be pointing to the onset of a mental health issue, according to a recent press release. You cannot diagnose yourself or anyone you know so it is very important to go in and see a mental health professional. And if you have any inkling at all that this could be the onset of a mental health issue, you should not wait to see a professional because early detection for any mental health disorder is critical. It could help prevent any increase in the severity of the disease, the persistence of the disease, and any other disorders from developing.

• Find healthcare providers you trust.

• Remember, you are not alone.

• Do what is most helpful to you.

• Explore treatment options.

• Continue to seek medical care (even if things feel like they’re improving).

• Keep going.

Do not hesitate to reach out to a trusted medical professional in your area for assistance for yourself or a loved one. You can also get more information from such organizations as The Jed FoundationMental Health America (MHA) or the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).

Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre, a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History, and an MA in Modern European History with a minor in Public History. While a graduate student, she served as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President/Artistic Director of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), (associate editor), (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor). Danielle has been lucky to be writing for Uloop since 2015 and to have served as the FSU Campus Editor since 2015.

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