Paul L. Caron

Saturday, January 4, 2020

More Than Half Of Harvard Law Students Experience Mild To Severe Depression And Anxiety; Over One-Third Are Problem Drinkers

Harvard Crimson, Harvard Law School Dean Releases Student Well-Being Working Group Report:

Harvard Law School (2016)More than half of Harvard Law School students who responded to a 2017 mental health survey reported experiencing mild to severe depression and anxiety, according to a report released Friday by a Law School working group of faculty, staff, and students. ...

The group reported that 35 percent of Law School respondents to the survey screened positive for mild depression, 15.6 percent for moderate depression, 5.8 percent for moderately severe depression, and 3.6 percent for severe depression. The survey also found 15.1 percent of Law School respondents screened positive for moderate anxiety and 9.1 percent screened positive for severe anxiety. ...

Just over 40 percent of respondents reported that “they do not feel rested when they wake up for the majority of days in a week,” and 80.9 percent reported that they do not meet the American Heart Association guidelines for exercise. 37.5 percent screened positive for problematic drinking.

The report stated that environmental factors — including the “imposter phenomenon,” social support and loneliness, and feeling overwhelmed — may factor into the survey’s results and could provide potential “areas for intervention.”

Karen Sloan (, New Report Shows Depression and Anxiety are Prevalent at Harvard Law

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I wonder if this reflects the general population of the same age demographic. It seems more common to me.

Posted by: JOHN T. MANHIRE, JR. | Jan 5, 2020 7:28:38 AM

Let’s put them in charge and let them decide how we should all run our lives.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 5, 2020 11:21:29 AM