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Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

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The study found a deep divide among college students, with some young people struggling more with anxiety and depression than others.

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In a multiyear study of college students' mental health before and during the pandemic, Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues.

The researchers tracked depression, anxiety, and stress in 180 students from one year before the pandemic through the first year of the pandemic using a smartphone app and digital questionnaires.

Among other things, they found a strong link between heightened concern about COVID-19 and higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress, and that while students were less active and slept more, their social media and overall smartphone usage increased during the study period.

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