Study: More than one quarter of medical students depressed

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – According to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than a quarter of medical students are depressed and one in ten report having suicidal thoughts.

Experts said medical students are between two and five times more likely to experience depression than the rest of the population.

Faculty and staff at the Brody School of Medicine are taught the symptoms of depression because of the prevalence in medical school.

“If we see that a student is starting to isolate themselves…students are aware of that,” said Terri Edwards, director of student development and academic counseling at Brody School of Medicine. “They’re watching out for each other. They also will talk to individuals at the school faculty and administration.”

On average, only 15 percent of medical students seek treatment for depression from a doctor.

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