Teens are more stressed and anxious than in the past, yet their parents will send many off to college with little thought about the mental health issues they might face while there, according to a new WebMD/Medscape survey in collaboration with JED.
The survey, “Preparing for College: The Mental Health Gap,” includes more than 500 health care professionals, along with 700 parents and guardians of high school students planning to attend college or other post-secondary school, and of students already in their first year.
Among healthcare professionals surveyed, a strong majority said they had seen more mental health issues among teens in the past 5 years:
86% said the teens have had more anxiety and stress.
81% saw more anxiety disorders.
70% reported seeing more mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Those who answered the survey include 202 pediatricians and 201 psychologists/psychiatrists.