We all know that traveling and studying abroad can provide you with so many rewarding benefits. But, these new experiences can also affect you in other ways, and in some cases in negative ways. Some of things that could be affecting you are:
- Felling helpless or hopeless
- Feeling sad and lonely
- Having mood swings
- Low Energy
- Over or under eating
- Smoking or drinking to excess
- Doing drugs
- Seeing or hearing things
Though all these items can be classified as Mental Health issues, they should not be seen as a taboo subject, and you should not feel like you cannot talk to people about your feelings and emotions.
Did you know that over half of all young adults have some form of mental health disorder?
You are not alone, and in the USA it is very common to seek care for these conditions – even if it is not common in your home country. There are support services and people available to talk to you – and in private! To help you understand the subject a little, we have created a short 5 minute video that talks about some of the main signs of mental health, how you can seek treatment and breaks down some of the more common myths:
Please feel free to share this video, and if you would like to embed it on your website or blog we have the full embed codes on the videos main page. We hope that we have gone someway to provide you with information about mental health awareness for international students and how it can affect all types of people. The main thing is to make sure you seek treatment early!
I am currently being treated for OCD by my psychiatrist in South Africa. I begin university in the United States in August 2015 and will need a medical insurance that covers my pre-existing condition. Is this possible?
Hi Catherine – your best option will most likely be your school’s insurance plan, so please check with them as to what they offer and the benefits of their policy. Other individual options are available that you could purchase on your own, but often these plans have waiting periods for pre-existing conditions, or more limited coverage of mental health benefits. I hope that helps. Ross