May 31, 2024
Mental Health | Tea Leaves | Uncategorized
  • Research published on Thursday reveals a concerning trend: diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among college students more than doubled between 2017 and 2022, with prevalence rising from 3.4 percent to 7.5 percent during this period. The study, which analyzed responses from over 390,000 participants in the Healthy Minds Study, attributes the increase to various societal stressors, including campus shootings, social unrest, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Yusen Zhai, the paper’s lead author, highlights the shocking magnitude of this rise, noting that broader societal stressors have likely contributed to the significant uptick. Additionally, the study identifies a sharp rise in the prevalence of acute stress disorder, diagnosed within a month of trauma, among college students. (Article here)