A 2018 study of 14,000 students published in an American Psychological Association journal found that more than one-third of first-year college students worldwide reported “symptoms consistent with a diagnosable mental health disorder.” Alarmingly, only 15 to 20 percent of the students planned to seek assistance from a mental health professional. We’ve created this guide to help parents and students recognize mental health struggles and provide ideas on how to help.

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Many people think therapy isn’t for them. They say things like, “I’d rather talk to my friends,” “What good would it do?” and “I don’t want to air my dirty laundry.” Let’s look at that further and see if now is an ideal time to explore a new, ongoing relationship with a therapist in DC.

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