Those carefree college days are bleak for the growing number of students who suffer from mental health problems, reports the Washington Post.
“The number one medication in college is antidepressants,” said Richard Kadison of Harvard University, whose book about the growing mental health crisis at colleges was published last year. “It’s surpassed birth control pills.”
A much higher percentage of young people go to college these days, including those who rely on drugs like Prozac to function. They may lack the resilience to handle the academic and social stress of college.
Now, one in 10 students seriously considers suicide in college. Nearly half get so depressed that they can’t function, according to the American College Health Association, and every year, about 1,400 college students die from injuries related to drinking alcohol.
In loco parentis is gone, yet university officials spend more time than ever trying to take care of their students.