For Grace Bronkin, the excitement of being away from home for the first time to start her college career was overshadowed by episodes of sadness. She had first experienced them in high school, but they got progressively worse after she began living on campus.
"I think with all of the new pressures of being away from home and drinking and stuff it really got out of hand," Bronkin, 22, said.
Her condition reached a breaking point one night at a party where she was binge drinking and began crying uncontrollably and repeatedly said that she wanted to kill herself before blacking out. The next day, a friend confronted Bronkin about the incident and urged her to seek help.
Bronkin eventually got the help she needed by visiting the counseling and psychological service office at her school, the University of California at Los Angeles. There she was evaluated by an intake specialist within 10 minutes of her arrival, and she was able to speak with a therapist the same day with a subsequent visit about a week later.