A study of college students and mental illness found that more students are coming to campus with pre-existing conditions such as bipolar disorder and depression. Although these are serious illnesses, the research indicates that better treatments may be enabling more of them to overcome their illnesses and succeed at college.
- Researchers from Hofstra University in New York studied the records of 3256 college students who used counseling services between 1997 and 2009.
- In 1998, 93% of the students had at least one mental disorder, but by 2009, that had increased to 96%.
- The number of students on psychiatric medicines increased by ten percentage points in the 12-year period.
"The percentage of students with moderate to severe depression has gone up from 34% to 41%," said Dr. John Guthman, lead author. "These outliers often require significantly more resources and may contribute greatly to the misperception that the average student is in distress."
One positive finding was that the number of students who thought about suicide declined by more than half.
The study was presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
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