Depression, Anxiety And Stress In College Literature Review Paper

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Millions of people in the world suffer from depression, anxiety, and stress. Some life events can trigger the symptoms of depression and anxiety, but others experience it without warning and without reason. Adolescence is a more vulnerable time in a person’s life and college can weigh heavy on one’s shoulders. College is a time where people go through many negative emotions, are homesick, and are living on their own. In an article titled, “The Relationship Between Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Among Women College Students” author Zarina Ahmed, looks closely at the levels of depression, anxiety, and stress in undergraduate women in college. The study hypothesized that there would be multiple relationships between depression, stress, and anxiety and that depression scores will predict stress scores, and anxiety scores will predict stress scores. The purpose of the study was to understand the severity of depression, anxiety, and stress among college students and to see if implementing a mental health awareness and intervention is appropriate to help college students manage their negative emotions. The study selected students from general English classes, and were all women. The study utilized three different methods of collecting data, primarily the DASS scale. The DASS scale is a self-report scale that is designed to measure the negative emotional states of depression, anxiety, and stress. All three scales measure different characteristics of the disorders such as loss of interest in activities, irritable mood, becoming impatient, sadness, etc. The participants in the study were asked to use a four-point range when rating each component in the questionnaires. One being low and four being high and the results were calculated by the sum of the scores. The sample of participants included 446 female college students who are in their sophomore year of college. The results revealed the prevalence of depression scored 10.5%, anxiety scored 13%, and stress scored 16.1%. According to the results, the study could conclude that it supports several of their hypotheses. The hypothesis that there would be a significant relationship between depression and anxiety can be supported, when a depressive mood was presented, the
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