Counseling and Psychological Services

‘Study Drugs’ gaining college popularity

Some overworked and overloaded college students are pushing themselves to enhance their abilities through the use of amphetamine drugs dubbed ‘college crack’ or the ‘study drug.’ Amphetamines are a chemical compound class that stimulate the central nervous system and are most often used to promote focus in patients with ADHD. However, studentsmay not be aware of the potential harms associated with the nonmedical use of prescription stimulants.

CAPS Office identifies stressors, open to students

Students often struggle with the balance of class, work, applications, family and sometimes it can all be too much during the semester.

Many students reach out to the University office of Counseling and Psychological Services when they feel overwhelmed with any type of a variety of issues.

According to the CAPS annual report of 2012 – 2013, students seek counseling due to five main reasons, the most prevalent of which is anxiety.

Lack of sleep affects brain cells, a study says

Students who put off sleep to cram for an exam may also be losing brain cells, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Researchers of the University of Pennsylvania found that mice experiencing extended wakefulness had a decline in locus ceruleus neurons, which are responsible for alertness, suggesting humans who stay up for long periods of time may be subjects to permanent brain cell damage.

“When you don’t sleep enough you deplete neurotransmitters,” said Dr. Liane Dornheim, staff psychologist for Counseling and Psychological Services, who specializes in Neuropsychology.

Professor breaks down statistics of suicide and attempts

Over 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This figure does not compare to the overwhelming estimation of 1 million annual attempts of suicide. These statistics drove Jeremy Pettit, an FIU psychology professor, to conduct research that was recognized by the American Association of Suicidology, which has awarded him the Edwin Shneidman Award for 2013.