For College Students, Living With Depression is an Invisible War

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There’s a war going on. The battlefield is not a country far and away from the public eye. It is in our own backyard, in an area where the entire population consists of civilians. It is an invisible war, a quiet crisis that speaks only when spoken to. That battlefield is the college campus. The battle is not between political adversaries but internal struggles with depression.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 6.7 percent of Americans are annually affected, making it the most ubiquitous mood disorder. Additionally, in 2009 the American College Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) found that nearly 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” during the past year. College is a heavy hitter, as now students must deal with increased responsibilities while learning to function more independently. Maggie Alexander, a student Howard Community College, said, “[Depression] has made it harder to focus on my schoolwork and it has also gotten to the point where I have trust issues with most people if I don’t know them too well.”

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The Confines of the Briggs

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We’re at Sean’s house, finished with playing Super Smash Brothers on his Wii U. Curiosity gets the better of us, and we decide to ask the question:

“What’s your Myers-Briggs type?”

According to the online tests I’ve taken, ENTJ. Consistently ENTJ. My friend Bryan is INTP, Nathan is INFP, Lucas is INFP too. We don’t know Sean’s, but we speculate it’s ISTJ. But our observations could be wrong.

Myers-Briggs is a very popular personality test, commonly used by businesses and often displayed on dating sites. Being so popular, surely it has some scientific weight behind it, right?

Surprisingly, no. In fact, it has faced a bevy of criticism from outside and inside psychology.

Several questions come to mind. Where did this come from? Why is it so popular? Is it harmful to use?

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