Psyching the Zietgeist:
Current Culture Through a Mental Health Lens

For College Students, Anxiety Trumps Depression

According to an article in the June 2 New York Times, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common mental health diagnosis of college students. Apparently, “mounting academic pressure at earlier ages, overprotective parents, and compulsive engagement with social media” are among the reasons college students seek counseling for intense and overwhelming anxiety.

This is consistent with our experience at Women’s Therapy Referral Service–in the last several years, more clients seeking therapy, typically women in their 20s-40s, come in with complaints of stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. Depression is now mentioned less often as the primary concern.

by Judy Koven

Psyching the Zeitgeist

Welcome to the Women’s Therapy Referral Service Blog.

We’ll use this forum to comment on current cultural issues which interact with and affect our emotional health. Sometimes the blog posts will be a conversation amongst us, sometimes one person’s perspective or commentary, and sometimes links to an outside article, TV show, cultural happening, book or film, or Internet conversations. The blogs will be relevant to mental health matters as they are refracted through these outlets.

Posted on June 12, 2014
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