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Rising PTSD among college students: How can parents help?

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PTSD diagnoses among college students more than doubled between 2017 and 2022, according to a New York Times article. Ariel Rios, executive director of the Health and Wellness Center at Utica University, emphasizes the importance of parental support.


Rios suggests parents use the summer break to talk with their children about their college experiences. Understanding any difficulties they faced can be crucial. “Take some time to talk to them about how their experience was and any difficulties they had,” Rios said.

Parents should also watch for warning signs of PTSD, such as changes in behavior. “If your student seems different, like staying in their room a lot or not interacting with the family, it could be a sign something’s going on,” Rios noted. Engaging with children and providing support can make a significant difference.



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