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According to an Associated Press-mtv-U poll “Eighty-five percent of the students reported feeling stress in their daily lives in recent months, with worries about grades, schoolwork, money and relationships the big culprits.” And “Forty-two percent said they had felt down, depressed or hopeless several days during the past two weeks.”

While the ailing economy may be a small contributor to the stress students are feeling, other studies have shown that bouts of depression begin early in life and doctors say “college is a natural time for symptoms to emerge.”

Other findings indicate that nine percent were at risk of moderate to severe depression. Almost twenty-five percent of students with a parent who lost a job during the school year were depressed. Eleven percent of college students had thoughts of suicide or personal injury.

--Albuquerque Journal, May 22, 2009, p. A4. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

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