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College students with severe mental illness on the rise

August 13, 2010

The number of college students diagnosed with a serious mental illness is rising according to a study presented Aug. 12 at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Diego.

The findings come from a study of 3,265 college students who used campus counseling services between September 1997 and August 2009. The students were screened for mental disorders, suicidal thoughts, and self-injurious behavior.

Researchers suggest that students with severe emotional stress are getting better education, outreach, and support during childhood making them more likely to attend college than in the past.

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