New study finds casual sex can lead to depression

A study conducted by California State University on young adults, has revealed that having casual sex can lead to depression and anxiety issues.

According to, the study looked at almost 4000 students from 30 different colleges and schools in the California region. All the students were heterosexual and aged between 18 to 25.

"For emerging-adult college students, engaging in casual sex may elevate risk for negative psychological outcomes," the researchers said.

The paper, published in The Journal of Sex Research and called 'Risky Business: Is There an Association Between Casual Sex and Mental Health Among Emerging Adults?', found that students who had recently had sex with someone they had known for less than a week had higher levels of anxiety and depression.

However, Melina Bersamin, co-author of the paper, pointed out that the reason these young people might be engaging in casual sex is because they already suffer from depression and anxiety issues, reports

Those who are suffering from depression or sex addiction can seek help through therapies, such as counselling courses, which can help sufferers get to the root of the problem.

Studies in the past have also shown that women respond more negatively to casual sex than men.