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Interesting College Depression Statistics

More than just “the blues,” clinical depression is distinct in that symptoms are of a severity that disrupts one’s daily routine. Often ubiquitous, these symptoms include decreased energy, fluctuating body weight, depleted concentration, irritability, bouts of crying, and thoughts of suicide.

Depression is on the rise—those born after 1950 are 10 times as likely to experience depression as compared to their predecessors. Adolescent groups possess the fastest rate of depression growth.

According to the CDC, 7.8% of men and 12.3% of women ages 18-24 report frequent mental distress: a key indicator for depression and other mental disorders.

Depression affects over 19 million Americans annually. An estimated 20% of the U.S. population will experience clinical depression some point in their lifetime.

According to a recent national college health survey, 10% of college students have been diagnosed with depression, including 13% of college women.

Causing inestimable pain, depression unnecessarily consumes both the life of the sufferer, and those closest to the sufferer. Unfortunately, most do not receive treatment for this treatable ailment.


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Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore Ph.D. is Founder and CEO at Thriveworks--a counseling practice, focused on premium client care, with 80+ locations across the USA. He is Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and Author of How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice. Anthony is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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