Mental Health Issues for Young Adults and College Students

December 2, 2008

(ChattahBox) — The killings at Virginia Tech last year had led to widespread speculation amongst the researchers about mental disorders in young adults and college students. Recent study done at universities revealed that such mental disorders are quite common in college students and far fewer students are actually treated.

The results of the study done on college students and non-students was revealed in the Archives of General Psychiatry, which stated that both the college students and non-students are likely to suffer from mental health disorders and do not receive any treatment for the same.

According to the study one in five college students failed to fulfill obligations, acted unsocial under the influence of alcohol, had a legal problem or had faced similar situations, which spelled personality disorder. “Only a small proportion of those who meet criteria for disorders seek treatment,” said Mark Olfson, the study’s author and a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York. “I don’t want to leave you with the impression that college is creating these problems,” he added.

The researchers studied nearly 5000 young people of age 19 to 25 and conducted face-to-face interviews. The study also revealed that personality disorders were the second most common problem behind drug or alcohol abuse as a single category. Olfson asserted that not only parent and students need to be more alert about treatment for such disorder but also the deans and the people who run the college.


2 Responses to “Mental Health Issues for Young Adults and College Students”

  1. Ethel Capps on December 2nd, 2008 8:36 am

    Twenty years ago I gave a talk during which I stated that over half the high school seniors had mental problems that needed addressing. No wonder that colleges are filled with troubled students. Their parents never had an education that addressed their problems – Why should things be any different today?
    Most high schools have counselors who are hardly qualified to assist those students.

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