Why Some College Dorm Policies Are Driving Students Into Depression


From Forbes: “His roommate left school after only a few weeks and Max spent the next three months alone in his dorm room, staring at gray walls. By the time he made it home for fall break, he had progressed through anxiety into depression.

Remote learning makes sense for public health as the Covid-19 pandemic rages out of control. And some students really do learn better living on campus. But if psychologists were going to design a scenario intended to drive 18-year-olds into depression, what Max’s college did would be it.

Max’s freshman fall demonstrates three key factors tailor-made to create depression: social isolation, an injury to trust, and being helplessly trapped.”

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