Every fourth student highly stressed

Every fourth student highly stressed

The proportion of those reporting exhaustion is almost the same.

These are the initial results of the "study on the health of students in germany", which are available to the german press agency. The study is a cooperation of the german center for university and science research (dzhw), the fu berlin and the techniker krankenkasse (tk). It should be published online on wednesday, the international mental health day.

Female students in particular are reported to have high levels of psychological stress: one in five had symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder – the women reported frequent nervousness, anxiety or tension, and a lack of control over their own worries. Every sixth student showed signs of a depressive syndrome, i.E. Often felt depressed, melancholy or hopeless and lost interest and joy.

Possible causes include a lack of orientation and excessive demands due to the start of a new phase in life, but also pressure to pass exams and fear of the future, explained one of the study directors, burkhard gusy. In the summer of 2017, almost 6200 students were surveyed online about their health and health behavior for the study. According to tk, this is the first time that nationwide data on the health situation of students in germany has been available.