Please pardon the technical language of the headline. By whatever name you might call it, college students nationwide are overtaxing the resources of their colleges’ “mental health centers,” pouring into them in record numbers ( http://www.wgmd.com/students-flood-college-mental-health-centers/ ).
We’re talking big-time cuckoo here. Ohio State University reports a 43% increase, in five years; University of Central Florida, up 12% a year for the past decade; and University of Michigan, up 36% in the past seven years.
The most common problems seem to be anxiety, dread, fearfulness, and a general heavy fluster over… well, nothing. They can’t take tests. They can’t endure any kind of criticism. Any opposition to their desires sends them into terminal fumfering. We might well say they’re all messed up.
And gee willikers, who woulda thought it? Eh? Could it maybe, possibly, somehow be that self-esteem preaching, perpetual insulating from stress or failure, helicopter parenting, “good job!”, and handing out trophies just for showing up… that all of that did sort of an inadequate job of preparing these tender little hothouse flowers for anything approaching real life?
Hot dog! Better living through Godlessness! Works every time, don’t it?