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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Thought of Evolution, Evolution of Thought

 

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I was inspired to write the following piece because I was going through Flipboard and found an article written by Rafi Letzter. The link can be found here.

The thesis that Letzter puts forward is that lots of smart people don’t believe in evolution, and he goes on to explain why.

In this response, I will be refuting his claims and provide a counterargument. There is much that needs to be discussed. Before I go on, I wish to say that I don’t have a personal issue with him. I only take issue with the viewpoints he espouse.

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