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Students rating their emotional health revealed the lowest levels since the question was first asked 25 years ago according to a UCLA annual survey of more than 200,000 American college freshman.

The new study highlights the growing concern among educators and physicians about the mental health of American young people. “What it means is that going into college students are already feeling more stress and feeling more overwhelmed and have lower emotional reserves to deal with that stress,” said John H. Pryor, lead author of the report.

This new study is not a surprise to many researchers. A study published in 2000 in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that childhood anxiety has been steadily on the rise since the 1950s. Jean M. Twenge, a psychologist at Case Western Reserve University who conducted the study concluded that, “the average American child (today) reports more anxiety than child psychiatric patients did in the 1950s.”