Anxiety and Depression Up In Students

In my opinion, your high school and college years are time to prepare for the future and enjoy life. After that, you start saving for retirement, taking care of a family, and many people end up in that sandwich generation having parents and children to care for. But, we know that kids also feel massive pressures (self-induced, peer pressure, or based on their parents) to perform well in sports, school, standardized tests, and other things that will help them succeed. There are also lots of social pressures at a time when the “right” answer isn’t clear.

Today, young people are also having a very hard time finding a job. A problem that is certain to create long-term issues as these people enter the workforce with less experience. [I know at E&Y the only variable that seemed to correlate with Partnership was whether the person had worked during college.]

A new survey [mentioned in USA Today , 1/12/10, pg. 4D) shows that five times as many high school and college students in the US are dealing with anxiety and other mental health problems than people of the same age in the Great Depression. That’s amazing to me. The Great Depression seems like such a hardship time.

Now, the other view of this is that more people are getting diagnosed with these diseases these days, but this survey was based on diagnosis codes or even Rxs filled. It was based on people taking the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a psychological questionnaire.

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