If I can indulge in a personal story, I once suffered from some pretty hard core anxiety, particularly when I would try to go to sleep. There are few things more frightening than the feeling you're about to die, and the fact that you're conscious of the fact that it's all in your head and you're otherwise perfectly fine is of no comfort. After learning of the dangers of food additives, particularly the history of aspartame, I made a commitment to cut processed foods out of my diet. The first and most profound change was that I stopped drinking aspartame-laden diet sodas. It has been nearly half a year since I've made this change and my anxiety is completely non-existent. And without the aid of big pharma - who would've thought it possible?
- KGAN CBS Iowa -
A new study on the stress levels of high school and college students has some skeptics.
The study found that five times as many students are dealing with anxiety and other issues than those during the Great Depression.
And a study author at San Diego State University says the number may actually be low, considering all the students taking antidepressants and other psychotropic medications.
But psychologist Richard Shadick of Pace University says the sample wasn't necessarily representative of all college students. Many who answered the questionnaire were students in introductory psychology courses.
Shadick, who directs Pace's counseling center, says more students are seeking mental health services. But he and other skeptics of the study chalk that up, in part, to more students being aware that such services are available.