How Therapy Helped Me Transition to College


When dealing with a mental illness, one of the hardest things to do can be asking for help. Specifically, a teenager with anxiety can find it especially hard to ask his or her parents for help. That was me a few months ago. Actually, it still is me. But now as a college student, I chose to schedule an appointment with the on-campus psychologist.

It was the best decision I ever made.

I knew the sudden changes of moving to a new place and making new friends would not bode well with my fragile mental stability. I knew it was only a matter of time before I started hitting serious low depressive episodes. This time, I actually decided to do something about it.

Of course it wasn’t some quick fix. But I finally took initiative for my mental health. I finally decided to show love to myself in a way I never had before. With that decision came advice, support and a new feeling of confidence I didn’t even know I was capable of.

College is hard already. There’s tens of thousands of life adjustments to face and adapt to. On top of that, if you are dealing with a mental illness, college life can become extra hard to get through.

As my on-campus therapist says, if you had the flu you would go to the doctor. Mental illness deserves the same attention and care. Many college campuses now offer free therapy sessions. If you are struggling, schedule that appointment. Take advantage of these resources. You deserve the care a professional can give.

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.


Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.


Related to Mental Health

a drawing of a woman

Why Getting Help for a Mental Illness Is Easier Said Than Done

Editor’s note: If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. During my junior year of college, I made the hardest call of my life. I typed the phone number several times over before tapping that little green icon, suppressing any ounce [...]
Silhouette of beautiful girl standing on dock with bridge in background

To Anyone With a Mental Illness Wondering If You'll Get Through Today

I know how hard you struggle. I know some days you don’t know if you can get up or get through your day. You don’t know if you will make it until night or even through the night. The nights are the worst, aren’t they? I know you probably feel like you have failed. You [...]
Close up of hand of person wearing red sweater, holding phone

A Letter to the People Who Share Their Stories on The Mighty

Dear Mighty Contributors, Thank you. I have been struggling with depression, anxiety, and undiagnosed ADD for more than a decade. Recently, my ADD became official when I saw my psychiatrist for the first time. I’ve also struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for at least three years now — possibly longer, as I had a very stressful [...]
doors at the entry of a mental hospital unit

Visiting Hours: The Anatomy of a Visit to the Mental Health Unit

The first difference you notice is you take a left off the elevator where everyone else takes a right. You walk through a set of double doors into a long hallway where you always walk alone. It is cold and the hall is wide. The walls are white and bare, in stark contrast to the [...]