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Dr. Mike: College Students & Depression


Depression among college students is on the rise.

A recent study found that depression rates have risen from 34 to 41%. Dr. Mike explained the increase could be attributed to better diagnosis and college students have more to juggle which can be overwhelming. Dr. Mike said "if you are having some issues, some depression get help now." Parents need to be in good communication with their children so they know if their child is struggling with depression. "It all comes down to support, use your parents, your loved ones, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, get help."

There is another study linking 13 and 14 year old who use Tylenol to increased asthma. Over 300,000 teenagers were observed in the study. The research found even if young adolescents took acetaminophen "their risk of asthma increased." Dr. Mike raised the point that it could simply be that children with asthma take more Tylenol. "Or is there a connection?" Dr. Mike suggests young teenagers with asthma think twice before taking acetaminophen.

And who handles chronic pain better, men or women? A study found that women handle pain differently than men. Dr. Mike explained estrogen could play a role. Many women appear to play down their pain because they are concerned about who will take care of the household.

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