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Medical News & Perspectives
April 23/30, 2003

Mounting Student Depression Taxing Campus Mental Health Services

JAMA. 2003;289(16):2055-2056. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2055

Ann Arbor, Mich—The scenario is becoming all too common across college campuses today. Students face not only the time-honored ritual of leaving family and longtime friends, but a host of other pressures. New relationships can send students on an emotional roller coaster, while parents in the throes of divorce may add to the anxiety. The pressure to succeed academically perhaps has never been higher, and at the first sign of falling grades, even students who excelled in high school may wonder if they are really college material. And as college costs continue to climb, students approaching gradation with substantial loans to be repaid face the gloomiest job market in the past decade.