Posted on April 17, 2019
Since doing research about my topic, the most interesting thing that I have learned is that anxiety has surpassed depression as the most common mental health disorder, affecting anywhere from between 38% to 55% of all college students. This fact surprised me because for a while, I had conflated the ideas of anxiety and depression as being similar, when in reality the differences between the two conditions is valid and warrants separation. However, many people also have more than one co-occurring mental health issue, such as how 40% of people with depression also have anxiety.
Since I am writing this paper on a different topic than my I-Search Essay, I cannot state what changed in my line of thinking from then until now, but I do know what changed in my line of thinking before I did this research. This article in particular that I am reading, “Trends in college students’ mental health diagnoses and utilization of services, 2009–2015”, made me aware that mental health issues in college students are far more commonplace than anyone could have ever expected. When numbers such as “Forty-four percent of students experience periods of severe distress (eg, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal ideation)” are being thrown around, it makes me feel like the issue is more serious than people will admit.