By Amanda Cohen
College can be overwhelming. For some, the stress is only temporary. For others, the stress is constant. The toll it can take on our health and abilities to function in school can be severe. From anxiety, depression, eating disorders and ADHD to personality disorders, there’s a resource on campus that can help.
Perhaps the least well-known resource on campus is the Disability Resource Center. Now, I know what you’re thinking when you hear ”disability.” Your mind makes a beeline for the easily recognizable physical limitations. But not all disabilities are that straightforward. None of them need to be stigmatized, especially mental health disabilities. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness. I’ve been with the DRC since my freshman year at UF and it’s been the most helpful tool I’ve encountered. Everything is confidential and the staff is welcoming and understanding.
Check out www.dso.ufl.edu/drc to see the accommodations you may be in need of and eligible for. Reach out, I promise you are not alone.