A new depression research study of college students finds that depression is not properly addressed by schools.
“I think the stress of academic performance has helped cause an increase in the rate of depression among students,” said Michael Fleming, one of the lead authors of the study and a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “That’s why it’s important to take the opportunity to screen at every visit.
According to the study, about 25 percent of all students who sought help were ultimately diagnosed as depressed. The study was conducted over a period of two years and surveyed more than 1,600 students who visited their campus health centers at the University of British Columbia, the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin.
“Depression screening is easy to do,” Fleming said. “We know it works, and it can save lives.”