MU Seeing Increased Anxiety in Students

Oct 13, 2015

The University of Missouri is seeing a sharp increase in the number of students seeking mental health services as compared to last year. MU Counseling Center Director David Wallace recently told the Board of Curators that the university has seen a 35% increase in the number of students experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety in the past five weeks compared to the first five weeks of term last year. The increase is not just at MU, said Christy Hutton, Assistant Director for Outreach and Prevention, as university health services country wide have seen a similar increase.

College Mental Health: Anxiety Surpasses Depression

Jul 17, 2015
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Katarina Schultz began to show symptoms of social anxiety at the age of 11 or 12 and was unable to interact with strangers or order food at a restaurant when eating out.

“I was very hyper aware of what people thought of me,” she said. “I was really worried about embarrassing myself and I was sure that people were judging me all the time and that anything I said was going to be an embarrassment.”

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Last weekend, around 100 students graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  


But four times that many doctors will commit suicide this year in the United States.


Many believe problems with depression and anxiety in medical students is a leading cause for the mental health issues among physicians. Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, said these issues can also effect a doctor's ability to practice.


"Some doctors end up taking their own lives, but many go on practicing in a state where they're not as effective as they would be if they were completely healthy," said Frederick, who is also an orthopedic surgeon. "The healthcare provided by those physicians in training and future physicians will be much better if they aren't themselves suffering from depression.


MU researcher links anxiety to pro-social behavior

Oct 21, 2013
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A University of Missouri researcher has co-authored a report that found that individuals genetically predisposed to anxiety are less likely to volunteer and exhibit other pro-social behaviors.