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Synopsis of Student Concerns and Conditions
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“I have a problem. It seems that whenever I get
stressed or whenever I am tired, I get symptoms of
obsessive-compulsive disorder. For example, before
I sleep I have to squirm around in my bed and do
rituals before I can fall asleep. Before and during
tests, I perform repeated rituals with my legs or
pencil before I start on the problem, even though
the solutions are in my head. Can someone help
me?”
—Anonymous
INTRODUCTION
There is a growing consensus that more students are arriving
on college and university campuses with increasingly
complex psychological, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
According to data from the 2011 Healthy Minds Study
(Eisenberg, 2011), approximately 25% of students come to
campus with a pre-existing mental health diagnosis (most
often some form of depression or anxiety disorder). The
National College Health Assessment (2011) found that nearly
one third of students reported that they were “so depressed
it was difficult to function” at some time in the past year.
Less than half of students who screened positive for probable
depression were receiving treatment. Approximately 7