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Advice to Parents of College Students

Ninety-five percent of college counseling center directors surveyed said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern, according to the latest Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors survey.Seventy percent of directors believe that the number of students with severe psychological problems on their campus has increased in the past year.

The survey also found that anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent). On average, 24.5 percent of clients were taking psychotropic medications. However, nineteen percent of directors report the availability of psychiatric services on their campus is inadequate. Directors report that twenty-one percent of counseling center students present with severe mental health concerns, while another forty percent present with mild mental health concerns.*

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