Anxiety is a Concern in Over 50% of Penn State Students and Tech-Based Therapy is Helping Them Begin Treatment

Anxiety is affecting people at younger ages and not everyone is open to the help of a therapist.  According to Rachel Garman, author of Blending Psychology and Technology, anxiety is affecting 55.1% of Penn State students to the extent that some no longer desire to participate in school or extracurricular activities.

Mobile apps and computer programs are being implemented at Penn State's campus to help students recognize and begin treatment for anxiety.  From journal entries to meditation sessions, these programs are designed to keep students from simply ignoring their anxiety problem; but rather, treat and help prevent it from coming back in the future.

One of the challenges that researcher Michelle Newman faces is that students do not desire to move forward with the program and instead simply download the app and never use it.  One proposition is the inclusion of a coach, or personal psychologist assigned to check in on the student's progress.

With the inclusion of technology into psychological treatments, Newman hopes to help those who would not otherwise seek out therapy and lead other students to more direct treatment with a psychologist.

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