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More Students Are Being Treated for Mental Health Issues

November 6, 2018

College students increasingly are being diagnosed and treated for mental health issues, according to a new study published by the American Psychiatric Association.

The study included survey data from 155,000 students at 196 college campuses. It found that the rate of respondents being treated for mental health issues in the past year increased to 34 percent in 2017 from 19 percent in 2007, while the percentage of students with lifetime diagnoses increased to 36 percent from 22 percent. Depression and suicide risks also increased, according to the study. But the stigma of being diagnosed with a mental illness decreased, which could explain some of the increases.

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