College Freshmen Stress Levels Hit Record High

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A new survey shows that the stress levels of college freshmen have hit a record high, mostly due to factors relating to the recession and the pressures of high school, reports the New York Times.

The survey entitled 'The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010' involved over 200,000 incoming full-time students at four-year colleges. This year, the results showed a rise in students who rated themselves as having "below average" emotional health, and those who said their emotional health was "above average" dropped to 52 percent, the lowest it's been in 25 years.
Just to give you an idea, the percentage of students who said they had above average emotional health was 64 percent in 1985. According to campus counselors, the survey results are reinforced by the number of students who say they are depressed and using psychiatric medication, which was prescribed during their high school years.

The recession has increased freshmen stress levels as many worry about finding a job after college graduation. Add that on top of student loans and other debts and it's no wonder why students are reporting low emotional health.

Are you stressed out about going to college and what lies ahead? Or are you excited for the new experience? What worries you about becoming a freshman in college? Let us know what you think in the comments. %Poll-59352%

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