Amid pandemic, college students have more to worry about

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — I have a big concern about students returning to campus life, and it goes beyond testing positive for COVID-19 and it has everything to do with anxiety. 

Let's start with the fact that even before COVID-19, it has become clear that the college population is more stressed or at least responding to stress differently than past generations. 

More than half the college students who participated in the American College Health Association spring survey reported receiving mental health services from their current campus health or counseling center in the last year. 

This fall, we are already receiving reports of students experiencing almost crippling anxiety, worrying about exposure to the virus on campus — these students worry about their own health and the concerns of spreading it to others if exposed.