In some instances, stress may be associated with clinical or sub-clinical mental health issues. The prevalence of mental health disorders among graduate students has been examined:
A 2008 survey at the University of California-Irvine found 17 percent of graduate students reported having a serious mental disorder, and nearly 30 percent reported having a mental health concern that affected their well-being or academic performance. A 2006 study at Berkeley found that 45 percent of graduate students said they had a mental health issue that affected their well-being or academic performance, and almost 10 percent of respondents said they had considered suicide in the past year. For more information, visit https://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2012/01/heal.aspx.
For Clemson students, 62 percent of all students reported that in the past 12 months, depression, stress and/or anxiety were factors that affected their individual academic performance (NCHA, 2012).