Health insurance news - Doctors warn of increased risk of depression among students
Doctors from the Royal College of Psychiatrists have said there are more and more health insurance customers from less privileged backgrounds that are less prepared for university, thus making the risk of depression and anxiety greater.
The report says that massive expansion in the numbers of young people going in to higher education has had a significant impact on the increased risk.
Dr John Callender, author of the report, told the BBC the combination of having to work long hours in employment on top of full-time academic studies, as well as many people coming from less wealthy families has had an effect.
Head of counselling at the University of Hertfordshire Eileen Smith said on the possible reasons for depression in students: "They're less sure what to expect and less confident about asking for help. Sometimes there is a lot of pressure on them to succeed. They can be carrying the hopes of a family."
According to Anxiety UK's Terri Torevell, people who are feeling anxious should look to avoid sugary foods and caffeinated drinks.