More College Students Report Diagnoses of Depression,
By Eric Hoover,
Reprinted from the The Chronicle of Higher Education,
November 30, 2004
The number of college students who said they had ever received a diagnosis of depression has increased by 4.6 percentage points over the last four years, according to a survey released this month by the American College Health Association.
In the spring of 2004, 14.9 percent of students reported having received such a diagnosis, compared with 10.3 percent of students in the spring of 2000.
Of the students in last spring's survey who reported such a diagnosis, 38 percent said they were taking medication for depression and 25.2 percent said they were in therapy.
About 10 percent of all students surveyed said they had seriously considered suicide at least once during that year. Approximately 50 percent of the female students and 40 percent of the male students said that they had felt so depressed that they had found it difficult to function one or more times in the previous academic year.
The data about depression among college students come from the association's National College Health Assessment survey that includes responses from more than 47,000 students at 74 colleges.