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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Young Adults Haunted By Mental Health Issues Like Having Lots of Free Time to Drink Booze

Did you know that nicotine dependence is a mental health issue? Or that college students drink a lot of beer? Now you do:
Nearly half of college-age adults struggle with a mental health disorder, from alcohol dependency to depression and anxiety. But only a quarter seek treatment, according to a study published today.

"This study gives a picture of the magnitude of the problem and the extent to which these disorders go untreated," said Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and lead author of the study. "It really lays out the challenge of providing services to meet the need, particularly of alcohol use disorders." [...]

Among college students, alcohol abuse and dependency were the most common at 20 percent, followed by personality disorders such as obsessive-compulsive and paranoid disorders at 18 percent. Non-college students were most likely to report personality disorders and nicotine dependence.

The rates of mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, were 11 percent for college students and 12 percent for non-students. The same rates were found for anxiety disorders in each group.

The study did not measure the prevalence of such disorders among adults of other ages.
Great. Really newsworthy stuff. Even better, the Baltimore Sun didn't just pick up this pointless story off the wires; they actually had one of their 4 remaining reporters write a quasi-original article about it. That's the way you run a paper.

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