Top Reasons Students Seek Counseling

2016-0710 Reasons Students Seek Counciling

A survey from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors finds that for the sixth consecutive year, anxiety tops the list of conditions reported by students seeking care at campus counseling centers.

The most common conditions reported by students seeking help in the 2014-2015 academic year were:

  • Anxiety (47.3%);
  • Depression (40.1%);
  • Relationship issues (32.5%);
  • Taking psychotropic medication (26.1%);
  • Suicidal thoughts/behaviors (20.2%);
  • Having extensive/significant prior treatment histories (14.7%);
  • Engaging in self-injury (12.8%);
  • Alcohol abuse/dependence (10.6%);
  • ADD or ADHD (8.8%);
  • Learning disability (8.8%);
  • Issues of oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.) (8.7%);
  • Sexual/physical assault (8.3%);
  • Substance abuse (other than alcohol) (7.7%);
  • Eating disorders (7.0%); and
  • Being stalked (2.3%).


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