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More than a quarter of all British students suffer from mental illness
More and more students are suffering from great stress and psychological problems. Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety in particular continue to increase. These complaints are often so great that they make it impossible to carry out daily tasks or at least make them extremely difficult. Researchers have now found that over a quarter of British students suffer from mental health problems.
The researchers found that a large proportion of British students have mental health problems. More than a quarter (27 percent) of all students suffer from illnesses such as depression or anxiety. Students are often affected by several of these diseases at the same time. The British market and opinion research institute YouGov has now published the results of its large survey among British students.
Women are more likely to experience mental health problems than men
YouGov's new survey shows the true extent of mental health problems at UK universities. In fact, more than a quarter of all students have mental health problems. Female students (34 percent) seem to have more mental illnesses than men (19 percent), the authors explain. So-called LGBT students (45 percent) are also particularly likely to suffer from mental health problems compared to heterosexual students (22 percent). LGBT (also called GLBT or LSBTTIQ) is an abbreviation from the English-speaking world. The letters stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Mental illnesses often influence the normal daily routine
For many students, the mental health problems are so severe that they have problems performing their daily tasks, the doctors say. Almost half (47 percent) of those affected reported having difficulty performing some of their normal daily tasks. In about four percent of the respondents, the negative effects of mental illness were so severe that they could not even perform the simplest tasks.
Anxiety and depression are common among students
Depression and anxiety are by far the most common mental health problems among students. Of those with mental health problems, 77 percent suffer from depression and 74 percent suffer from severe anxiety, the scientists explain. Many of these students are affected by both symptoms. 74 percent of students with anxiety also have depression problems. Other common diseases include eating disorders (14 percent), followed by behavioral disorders (5 percent) and learning disabilities (5 percent), the doctors add.
Stress and fear of failure plague many students
Anxiety and stress are unfortunately common in many students. However, these effects are often very hindering for studying and normal life. Six out of ten schoolchildren (63 percent) stated that the stress that occurred significantly disturbed their daily lives, the authors explain. In addition, 77 percent of all students report that they have great fears of general failure. One in five students even suffer from such great fears that fear affects every day of life, the experts explain.
The effects of fear and stress can have dire consequences. For example, it has been scientifically proven that stress and pressure to perform lead to increasing suicide among students.
Main causes of stress in your studies
71 percent of students said that the main source of stress was their studies. Another big problem concerns finding a job after studying (39 percent). But the family (35 percent), relationships and part-time jobs (23 percent each) and problems with friends (22 percent) also lead to stress, the authors write in their study.
Many students get professional help and advice
Good news is that almost a fifth of students (18 percent) use the psychiatric service offered at UK universities. The satisfaction with this service is relatively high, say the doctors. 30 percent of users said they saw the service as very helpful. Another 45 percent said the counseling service was at least somewhat helpful.
Psychological problems are no longer trivialized today
While the severity of psychological problems was often trivialized in the past, this is no longer the case today, the researchers explain. The overwhelming majority of students (84 percent) accept mental illness as a serious illness. Many students know about mental illnesses and recognize them as a serious problem. Those affected should therefore be aware that their fellow students often know about the problems and fully accept them, say the doctors. More than half of all students (52 percent) knew between one and five people who suffer from a mental illness. Only eight percent of the students surveyed said they did not know anyone with mental health problems. (as)