College of Liberal Arts
BS in Journalism
Anxiety is a leading mental health disorder at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Over 50% of students who visit the counseling reported feeling anxiety, and 14.8% of students met the diagnostic criteria for anxiety disorder during the 2016-2017 school year. Nationally, anxiety rates among college students have increased almost 16% from 2007- 2017 (LeViness, Bershad & Gorman, 2017). This project is comprised of two parts: a short, documentary style video on anxiety at Cal Poly, as well as a literature review. The video is a series of interviews from Cal Poly students who suffer from anxiety, and a Cal Poly health care professional who has seen countless cases of anxiety on campus. The literature review is based on scholarly articles, relevant mainstream media, news and scientific journals. The paper focuses on anxiety rates among Cal Poly students and all U.S. college students. The paper will address anxiety symptoms, triggers, management and treatment options. The goal of this paper is to decrease anxiety stigma and, in turn, increase student willingness to get help.