More college students than ever seeking psychiatric help
Across the country, the number of college students seeking psychiatric help is higher than ever before, according to the recent Healthy Minds Study.
The study reports that 90 percent of college counselors said they have seen a rise in the number of students with mental health problems and the severity of their problems. In 2007, for example, the 15 percent of college students had been diagnosed with depression, up from 10 percent in 2000.
While the increase in reported mental health problems among college students seems troubling, it may actually be a positive trend. The authors of the study posit that increase probably doesn’t mean that our generation is more troubled, but rather that we know where to turn for help with mental health issues.
Newfound understanding of psychiatric problems paired with a 50 percent increase in prescribed medications over the past ten years have helped people to know what mental health issues look like and recognize the resource available to address them.