Those unhappy college years
Here’s more on the fragility theme: A quarter of college students were diagnosed with mental health conditions within the past year,” concludes a study published in Depression Anxiety. One in five students reported suicidal thoughts; nine percent had attempted suicide.
Researchers surveyed 67,300 students at 108 colleges in the U.S. during the spring semester of 2015.
The study found transgender and bisexual students in particular were more vulnerable to suffering from mental disorders and suicidal thoughts after two-thirds reported harming themselves, while more than a third said they had attempted suicide.
Suicide has increased across the country, reports the Centers for Disease Control.
It’s not just the U.S. A survey of first-year university students in eight industrialized countries found 35 percent show signs of mental disorder, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Depression and anxiety were the most common problems.
Almost 14,000 students from 19 colleges in eight countries (Australia, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain and the United States) answered questionnaires.