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For many young adults, the reality of heading off to college for the first time may be very different than what they had planned in their heads. Where they expected instant friends and easy grades, they may find that meeting new people is difficult and classes are more challenging. These challenges can have a negative effect on their mental health and self esteem.  In the midst of a mental health epidemic on college campuses across the country, many young adults try...

The majority of college students do not graduate in four years, whether it is due to changing majors, dropping courses, taking time off, or changing expectations of the curriculum. The high school-to-college pipeline is responsible for 30% of college students dropping out during their first year. By year six, 56% of students have dropped out. It is natural for college dropouts to feel like they have given up on their goals, but shame around dropping out of college can lead...

Deciding to drop out of college can be a huge life event for young adults. It can be incredibly emotional with feelings of failure, shame, or fear. It is important to remember that dropping out of school is not the end of the world. Some young adults may just need a break to regroup and refocus on their goals. Other young adults may find that college was not the right fit for them, but a career path or a trade...

For many young adults, leaving home for the first time is also the first time that you are completely in charge of your nutrition and eating habits. Cereal for dinner? No one is there to tell you no. Ice cream at 1 am? Why not? This kind of freedom can be exciting, but it can also lead to unhealthy eating habits if left unchecked. Creating Healthy Meals One of the first steps towards creating healthy meals is to understand what makes a...

AP Courses, SAT Scores, GPA, and personal statements aren’t necessarily a predictor of whether young adults with experience success in a college environment. Despite academic achievements, many young adults are emotionally unprepared to navigate independence when they enter college. This can lead to a growing phenomenon, known as failure to launch, that occurs when young adults struggle to meet their goals despite the steps that they have started to take towards meeting them.  Common Causes of Failure to Launch for College...

While individual therapy during residential treatment is focused on processing past patterns and learning new ways of coping, therapy in a transition program is about how to apply the skills they’ve learned to present-day scenarios and asking for help when it is needed. There’s a shift from “how do I manage life’s stresses as someone who struggles with their mental health” to “how do i manage life’s stresses as an adult with personal goals.” Many young adults in a similar...

Recommending exercise to someone deep in a depressive episode or meditation to someone in the middle of a panic attack may not be the most appropriate way of dealing with their emotions. However, they can be healthy coping mechanisms to have in one’s toolbelt to manage emotions on an ongoing basis--both in the background and in the moment. Lifestyle changes are simple but powerful tools in treating depression and anxiety, and they are an essential component of an integrated approach...

Many young adults who are worried about failure to launch after residential treatment may choose a transitional living program instead of moving back home. They find that moving to a new city may push them out of their comfort zone, but that this move was necessary for them to gain independence. Choosing a transitional living program outside of their hometown gives them some distance from stressors and unhealthy friendships and allows them to focus on their personal goals. Starting over...

Many young women leave residential treatment feeling prepared to transition into independence, but the fear of failure to launch stays in the back of their mind. Some continue to struggle with visualizing a life beyond their history of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Regardless of progress made in therapy, failure to launch is common after leaving residential treatment without a multidimensional aftercare plan. Challenges After Residential Treatment While some girls may have been role models at a previous treatment program, it is...

Even after they move out of the house, family therapy is still useful for young adults who want to be more independent. Many young adults feel that it is not necessary to resolve conflict with parents once they no longer see them on a daily basis, but family therapy can help families strengthen their relationship whether issues brought up are new or unresolved. As young adults are at a crossroads in their lives, repairing relationships with their family can offer...