In a recent study by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, anxiety replaced depression as the leading mental disorder for college students throughout the nation.The study of more than 100,000 students noted that, in both professionally and personally-assessed evaluations, more than half of student clients sought treatment due to anxiety, followed by depression, stress and family/relationship issues.The spike in anxiety cases has created concern from some medical professionals. In a recent New York Times article, Dan Jones, the director of counseling and psychological services at Appalachian State University, noted that some students are coming into the university setting mentally unprepared for the adult world.“A lot are coming to school who don’t have the resilience of previous generations,” Jones told the New York Times. “They can’t tolerate discomfort or having to struggle. A primary symptom is worrying, and they don’t have the ability to soothe themselves.”Overbearing or coddling parenting styles, though done for the sake of a child’s safety and wellbeing, could be one of the causes for this lack of resilience and the anxiety that develops in adolescence and the early-adult years.Darby Saxbe, assistant professor of psychology at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, who was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science in 2013, has dedicated her research to making connections between social relationships and mental wellbeing and noted a connection between anxiety and family relationships.“Kids develop anxiety when they feel like the environment has become strange,” Saxbe said. “So if you have a parent who is constantly monitoring you… it sends a really strong message that the world is not safe.”“Helicopter parenting,” Saxbe said, could lead to potential problems later in life as children become adults. Entering into college, many students find themselves without the “umbrella” of parental support that they have grown dependent on.“For the first time, you are really out of the house and you are trying to forge some kind of identity,” Saxbe said. “But you’ve absorbed this message throughout your whole childhood and adolescence that you know you can’t be trusted to handle adult things.”A student who chose to remain anonymous noted the difficulties he had his first year at USC because of “helicopter parenting.”“My parents always took care of everything,” he said. “I never had to worry about money or a future or anything. Coming to USC really made me come to terms with the fact that I was going to have to take care of myself and that was something I never had to face before.”Another potential cause for increased anxiety in a college setting is the popularity of social networking – which constantly updates students on the success of their peers and colleagues and leads them to feel a decreased sense of self-worth.Cristian Guzman, an undeclared sophomore, noted some of the negative effects of social media on an individual’s self-esteem.“When you see people who finish projects and they are successful, that can be difficult to deal with,” Guzman said. “It makes you feel less confident about yourself, and you put yourself down.”Katherine Duffy, a senior majoring in animation and digital arts, noted what she termed “artistic anxiety” at seeing other animation students’ postings on social media.“Social media is a great medium, and it’s easy to become inspired by other peoples’ work,” Duffy said. “But then you’re like, ‘Oh gosh! I should be drawing and posting stuff even when I don’t have time to draw.’”Saxbe said the difficulty that students have detaching themselves from social media is due to an evolutionary desire for information regarding our peers.“It’s like a mouse pressing a lever to get sugar water,” Saxbe said. “It’s wired into us to want this but when there’s too much, it can overwhelm us. It’s so stimulating, and we’re so motivated to seek that out, but it’s hard to put the brakes on it.”The potential problems stemming from increased dependence on social media networking is a fairly new problem and serves as “uncharted waters” according to Saxbe. There are still some things that students can do to prevent it from becoming overwhelming, however.“It’s okay to step back,” Saxbe said. “It’s good to remind yourself that just because something is posted on Facebook doesn’t mean that someone is having more fun than you are. There is a lot of artifice on the Internet.”
Two disappointing losses in the semi-finals of the U-23 AFCON have set up a mouthwatering third-place playoff match between Ghana’s Black Meteors and South Africa.Third-place matches aren’t usually the most-anticipated matches and are usually allowed to pass by without much fanfare.However, for Ghana and South Africa’s U-23 sides, the stakes have never been higher.This is their final chance to qualify for next year’s Olympics football tournament in Tokyo, following the losses on Tuesday.For Ghana, the disappointment of losing 3-2 on penalties to the Ivory Coast will have stung badly with the side having come from behind twice, including an injury-time equaliser.They will want to shake that off ahead of today’s game and book a spot at the Olympics for the first time since 2004.The South Africans, on the other hand, were humbled by the hosts Egypt and will have to brush it off to face the threat of the Black Meteors.The match kicks off at 2:30pmCoaches, players’ viewsGhana coach, Ibrahim TankoTanko says he and his players have got over the loss to Ivory Coast and are focused on making it to the Olympics.“The semifinal defeat is history now. We spoke with the players and they know the importance of this match. There is one last chance to go to the Olympics and we will do everything not to miss it.”Ghana captain, Yaw YeboahYeboah believes leaving Cairo empty-handed would be heartbreaking for his teammates. As such, beating South Africa is a must today.“It will be a very complicated and tough match. With all what we’ve done, it will be difficult to leave without anything at all. We will give our best to get this Olympic qualification.”South Africa coach, David NotoaneNotane says getting a result against Ghana will not be easy given what’s at stake.“It will be a very difficult match against a good team from Ghana who wants to start again with the Olympic qualification. This match will be all the more difficult because there is nothing left behind. After missing the title, the team is focused on getting this qualification at the Olympics.”South Africa captain, Tercious MalepeMalepe says although it was difficult to take, the huge loss to Egypt is forgotten and the team believe they can beat Ghana.“We have forgotten the defeat against Egypt. We are totally focused on this very important match for South African football. It will not be easy at all, but we have the means to do it.”The StatsGhana The Meteors will qualify to the Olympics for the first time since 2004 with a win. A loss will mean they will miss four straight Olympics tournaments.The Black Meteors have scored six of their seven goals at the AFCON in the second half.The Meteors have kept just one clean sheet at the AFCON, in the 2-0 win over Mali.Ghana have however scored in each of their four matches at the AFCONSouth AfricaSouth Africa had not conceded at the AFCON before their semi-final at the AFCON. They then conceded three against hosts Egypt.The South Africans are the lowest-scoring team left in the tournament, having found the net just once against Ivory Coast.South Africa have the most clean-sheets at the tournaments, after they didn’t let a single goal in their three group stage games.They have played at two Olympics tournaments, in 2000 and at the Rio games in 2016. They are hoping to make an immediate return to the world stage.
The Ghana Football Association has reacted to Transparency International’s report in which the association scored zero marks on its four main pillars of transparency and accountability.The report said the GFA was a high-risk corruption association and also lacks transparency.The four pillars they looked at were, financial accounts, existence of code of conduct, annual activity reports and the existence of organizational charters and statutes.Their methodology for this research was to go on the various association’s websites and if the four pillars listed are not found there then it means there could be corruption in the affairs of the association.According to their report only fourteen out of FIFA’s 209 football associations – Canada, Denmark, England, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden – published the minimum amount of information necessary to let people know what they do, how they spend their money and what values they believe in.But the Ghana Football Association is unmoved by the report by Transparency international. For them, the work done by the renowned anti-corruption body is half-baked. “Transparency International has an office in Ghana, just some ten days ago we held our congress, submitted our financial report, activity report, our code of conduct is a public document and it is on sale and also available at the GFA library.”“Honestly I don’t put much on this report but it is a worry for us that they did not do a thorough job, for instance if you checked on our website and you did not see it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.”“So if you use this standard to judge it, you have done a shoddy job.”Asked what the GFA’s official position on this he noted: “We are looking through the report and we will send a response.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports