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Medical students have long stayed after class with anxious questions. A decade ago, most students asked academic psychiatrists like me how to distinguish between an adjustment and a post-traumatic stress disorder, when to prescribe fluoxetine instead of venlafaxine, and the comparative benefits of measuring cortisol in the hair instead of the blood to assess a stress response.

Today, the questions that students ask me are increasingly about their own anxiety, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, and thoughts of suicide.

They want to know: Why am I not alright?