Addicted to Stress?

by Ckay1 on November 4, 2013 - 11:09pm

Everyone gets stressed out, but how they deal with it is a different story. College is a place of much stress for students, as they face stressors such as constant pressure to succeed, academics, competition among peers, as well as the stress about their future.  There are potential risky behaviors that come with stress that could potentially lead to onset substance abuse. The risk of this happening increases for college students. A study was done at a University in Upper Normandy (France) to measure the stress of college students on seven difference campuses in France.  The students anonymously took self-administered questionnaires and included socio-economic characteristics such as age, gender, size, weight, job status, as well as practicing a sport, substance use/abuse of tobacco, alcohol, eating habits, etc. This study was conducted between 2009 and 2011; a total of 1876 students were included. There is a positive relation between females, regular smokers, alcohol abuse, risk of cyber addiction and eating disorders and a significant negative correlation between stress and practice of sports. This means students that practice sports are less likely to be stressed. This study concluded that perceived stress was not only associated with known risks, but with new ones as well, such as eating disorders. Knowing all this, preventative interventions focusing on these risk behaviors and addictions can be developed and help students cope with stress.


            The main point that the researchers are trying to get at was how to help college students cope with stress in non-addictive ways that are not harmful. The results that were found can be generalized to a much larger population of college students around the world. I experience stress my self, and see this type of coping with stress among my peers. The researchers want colleges to acknowledge these problems and help students deal with stress in a healthy way. 



Tavolacci, M., Ladner, J., Grigioni, S., Richard, L., Villet, H., Dechelotte, P. 2009-2011. Prevalence and association of perceived stress, substance use and behavioral addictions: a cross-sectional study among unicersity students in France. BMC Public Health. 13(1),  1-8. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-724.


I agree with the researchers in this study. College does put a lot of stress on students and there should be a way that colleges can help with that. I think everyone is stressed right now. There are always too many expectations of college students. I also agree with the fact that students who are involved in sports are less stressed. When I was involved in sports I was always less stressed. I think part of that was because I had a structured schedule around sports. This post is perfect for college because most of college students are able to relate to this.

I think any college student can relate to this article, because we all have our days where the college stress just gets to be too much. From deciding what you what to do with your life, whether you declared the right major, competing with students for the top spots, while keeping up your grades AND having a social life are all tough to do at once. I too have had trouble dealing with my stress on days, because I stopped sports once I began college, and agree that students who do sports are less stressed. I also do agree that students are pressured and influenced more in a college environment to consume substances such as drugs and alcohol, because the stress just gets to be too much. I have friends that can relate to that. I think every college student can relate to this feeling of being “addicted to stress” every so often.

This is a good discussion about the factors of stress, and how to control levels of stress. I agree that sports do help to reduce stress. Although it is time consuming, and somewhat stressful in itself, it does help relieve some stress that accumulates during the day having to do with school work. The fact that some colleges want to help students adjust to being stressed, and also help to reduce stress is a very helpful tool. The negative part is that the different factors of stress never really go away. Students must learn how to deal with everything that is going on in their lives in a healthy way.