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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(2), 212; doi:10.3390/ijerph13020212

Chronic Stress and Suicidal Thinking Among Medical Students

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Public Health Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Bydgoszcz 85-830, Poland
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Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Bydgoszcz 85-089, Poland
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Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Bydgoszcz 85-094 Poland
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Department of General Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Military Clinical Hospital in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz 85-681, Poland
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Academic Editors: Danuta Wasserman, Vladimir Carli and Gergo Hadlaczky
Received: 15 November 2015 / Revised: 18 January 2016 / Accepted: 1 February 2016 / Published: 15 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention among Youth)
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Introduction: The subject of chronic stress and ways of dealing with it are very broad. The aim of this study was to analyze stress and anxiety and their influence on suicidal thinking among medical students. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in the years 2014 to 2015 in Poland, at the Medical University—Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum. The objective of this study was to assess chronic stress and suicidal thinking among students and how students cope with this huge problem. Descriptive statistics and chi-square analyses were conducted to detect differences. Results: Analyses showed that students’ life is full of stressors. Students toward the end of their education cope better with stress than students starting their university studies. Chronic stress has a strong impact on mental health and suicidal thinking among students. Conclusions: The results of the study confirmed that chronic stress and anxiety have a negative influence on mental health and also confirm a relation to suicidal thinking in medical students. Students cope with stress by listening to music, talking to relatives or people close to them, resting or engaging in sports, with cycling, running and swimming being the most common methods used to affect suicidal thinking. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicidal thinking; chronic stress; physical activity; mental health problems caused by stress suicidal thinking; chronic stress; physical activity; mental health problems caused by stress
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Rosiek, A.; Rosiek-Kryszewska, A.; Leksowski, Ł.; Leksowski, K. Chronic Stress and Suicidal Thinking Among Medical Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 212.

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