Anxiety in College Students

In an article published by Joel Brown he stated that Depression and Anxiety are the leading mental health issues that occur on college campus and recently have been seeing a lot more. According to the 2015 National College Health Assessment Survey 1 in 6 students reported being treated or diagnosed with anxiety or depression in the last 12 months. In Browns article, he also goes over when it is time to seek help. Some students can overcome these anxiety and depression waves, but when you’re missing classes and not engaging in your normal day to day activities it is time to seek some medical attention.

In another article posted on The Conversation by David Rosenberg he also was talking about anxiety in college students and some components that might be making your anxiety worse and you might have no idea. Social Media can set up a virtual and alternate reality that some teens can get lost in and make them depressed and anxious because their life is not what it is in their virtual life. Another big reason they see anxiety increasing is due to students need for Adderall and Ritalin. Adderall and Ritalin help students stay focused or cram for a test, but what most don’t know is that a common side effect with those drugs are anxiety and depression. Mix that with the lack of sleep and you can spiral down pretty quickly.

College can be a stressful time for all involved. A new environment, maybe your first time living alone and having to make new friends. You can get wrapped up pretty quickly in the college life style of staying up late and not getting sleep and that can catch up to you quickly. Your mental health is important and these two articles prove that anxiety is a real issue in many people’s lives and they need to be aware that there is help and ways to lessen your anxiety. If the stigma of mental health gets taken away hopefully more students would seek help and not be afraid to talk about their anxiety or depression.

Synthesis of Music therapy

While doing my research I found an article by Dr. Mary Williams, where she discusses the health benefits of music therapy. DR Mary Williams is a Doctor of Chiropractic with an extensive background as a Registered Nurse and experienced Core Instructor for the American Heart Association. Her piece talks about how patients that are treated with music therapy respond to music, and how therapy sessions will help soothe their pain and possibly cure a number of mental and physical ailments. She then goes on to talk about how music therapy has been successfully used to help patients of general stress, cancer, speech impediments, high blood pressure and heart problems, mental disorders and a number of other issues. I definitely see the potential of music therapy and agree with her opinion of bringing it back to mainstream usage.

I encountered another article by Steve Swayne on the dangers of music therapy. Steve Swayne is the chair of Dartmouth College’s Department of Music and claims to be well versed in most things musical. This article begins by talking about a dementia patient that is completely unresponsive, even to his daughter, until drs play his favorite religious music and then he momentarily reverts back to is old self being able to have full conversations for a brief time. All seems good with the patient but then the piece goes on to explain how music can make dementia patients feel/remember thing that have never happened, thus creating false memories. The rest of the paper’s theme is that we should not underestimate the power of music and should be careful with it when using it with dementia patient. I found this very interesting as I never thought music therapy had any dangers, even if this is a very situational one.

Both of these authors explain that music therapy does work except Steve Sawyne shows the reader concern with his studies on creating false memories with music. Dr. Marry Williams gives her readers more of a factual approach, while Steve Swayne draws from a real life situation to express his concern. While I take into consideration that music therapy may not be beneficial to patients with dementia, I still believe that the pros of music therapy described by Dr. Marry Williams out way the cons revealed by Steve Swayne. Her article gave a broader and clear overview of the topic while Swayne only focused on one study.

Why Millennials Have So Much Anxiety?

People tend to stereotype the millennials as the lazy, spoiled generation, but why when there’s so much more to them? People even dismiss their raised levels of anxiety as a result of too much technology; when in fact the reasoning delves much deeper. This generation was the first to be coming of age all the while being enveloped in social media when it took off, leading people not only continuously compare themselves to others, but to also greatly cut down face-to-face conversation, producing more anxiety. This anxiety stems from the uncertainty in with relationships and our ever changing environment and economy.

I picked this topic because in my History of American Education class we were discussing why our generation is plagued with anxiety. Some of the reasonings my classmates listed were social media, technology advancements making it easier to access information, expectations placed on our shoulders, and people becoming more aware of mental illnesses. When asked to choose a topic, I became curious as to what other reasons are out there and did some research.


Maguire, Andrew. “Millennials Are An Anxious Generation, And This Is Why.”,

Scott, Jody. “Why Millennials Are the Most Anxious Generation in History.”, 5 Jan. 2018,



Many students suffer from anxiety and school is a big factor for most people. In this article is talk about a junior in high school Jake, who from the stress of SAT’s, advanced placement test and trying to keep up with his friends and family was hospitalized due to panic attacks. I want to write about anxiety in general but how it can effect you in all aspects of your life like school.

Intro to Music Therapy

My topic is the legitimacy of music therapy as a real practice and how it can help those with mental illnesses. Music therapy is the use of music or sounds with the combination of expression of ones self to alleviate mental disturbances. The patient may play music or listen to it while painting, drawing, or doing something they find therapeutic. I find this very interesting because I love music and I find it fascinating that it can be used as a sort of medicine. I am also a music industry recording major, but before going into this field I considered being a music therapist.



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