Occasional stress is a part of everyday academic life. It can even have a positive effect, challenging you to meet new goals. However, high levels of stress over a prolonged period of time are linked to increased rates of depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, and other potentially life-threatening issues. Use this link to access BestColleges.com's student guide for coping with college-related stress. Topics include Causes of Stress, Effects of Stress, Managing Your Stress and more.