07/05/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ten Percent Of College Students Seek Counseling, Survey Says

The alarming spike in demand for mental health services on college campuses that began about a decade ago appears to be leveling off, a just-released survey of counseling center directors suggests.

The findings of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors' 2008-9 poll of hundreds of member institutions point to a new stasis, where the number of students arriving on campuses in need of counseling or psychotropic medications is remaining constant from year to year, though still likely to keep counseling centers strained.

"In the last few years, I think we've seen stabilization," said Victor M. Barr, the survey's lead author and a director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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