October 26, 2009

College Survey: Bipolar Disorder and Depression on the rise

We recently posted a blog (Oct 19) about the increase in bipolar disorder and depression on college campuses. We cited an NPR Story on "Morning Edition" which highlighted actions that Stanford students are taking to educate other students about Mental Illness. We also cited a multi-decade study which surveyed college counseling professionals across the U.S. We've tracked down the survey, a compressive study which offers a look at the intensity and incidence of Mental Illness on colleges dating back to the early 1980s as well as a snapshot of the current state of counseling services on US colleges. The survey Read more...
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October 19, 2009

Dramatic increase in bipolar depression and depression in colleges

Following last Friday's post (Initial onset of Bipolar during College years), I heard an interesting NPR story today on "Morning Edition." The story focused on students at Stanford University who are taking the initiative to help educate other students about the prevalence of depression and bipolar depression in colleges across the United States. These students have created theatrical productions which touch upon social issues including the wide prevalence of mental illness on college campuses. Their intended audience: patients who may be reticent to accept or discuss their illness and people in dorm rooms who often unknowingly create hostile environments for Read more...
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October 16, 2009

Initial onset of Bipolar during College years

This recent article http://healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/9324 caught my attention. It discusses the notion that depression in young college students can begin to manifest itself just weeks after school starts; at that time, the "the honeymoon period" is over and the ongoing stress of pursuing academic performance kicks in. Bipolar patients often experience a first depression during college. The first onset of a manic or depressed mood characteristic of bipolar disorder usually occurs during the late teens and early 20's; at least half of all cases start before age 25* Attending college offers numerous triggers to set off a bad mood. The difference Read more...
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