Mental Health Conditions Among Students Increase

New research reveals diagnoses for mental health conditions has increased in college students.

According to a new study on mental health in the United States, roughly 26 percent of people who are 18 or older live with a mental health condition and the numbers of those diagnosed are slowly rising.

The study examined the data of around half a million U.S. college students between 2009 and 2015. The data showed that there was an increase in many mental health conditions, but a specifically large jump in the reported diagnoses of anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. When cross-checked with campus resources for mental health, the researchers found that the numbers for seeking help also rose. As reported by Medical News Today, "treatments and diagnoses for anxiety rose by 5.6 percent between 2009 and 2015, those for depression by 3.2 percent, and those for panic attacks by 2.8 percent." The researchers hypothesized that the increase in numbers for both diagnoses and treatment might be the result of mental health issues being addressed more often in public and therefore removing some of the stigma around them. 

It is thought that many mental health issues develop by the age of 25. Universities and colleges must continue to talk about mental health on campus and make resources available to support students. 

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