IowaWatch Stories Featured In This July 21 KXIC Radio Podcast

IowaWatch summer intern Makayla Tendall and executive director-editor Lyle Muller were guests of the Tuesday, July 21, 2015, “Your Town” segment of Jay Capron’s morning show on KXIC radio, AM 800, in Iowa City. Listen here.

IowaWatch Connection: College Depression

College students with depression often run into more difficulties than the typical student. Those who struggle the most with this often invisible disease often don’t connect with the help they need.

Student Depression Often Hidden From Friends, Professors

At times, Alyson Brown can’t eat or sleep. Some days, she sleeps for hours during the day. Other days, she has panic attacks that feel like heart attacks. This has happened in cycles throughout her life, she says. She suffers from depression.

Students Battling Depression Reveal Their Personal Struggles To Graduate

Anxiety, depression and stress are reality for Jordon Deutmeyer, a 23-year-old University of Northern Iowa student who has dropped out of two schools, attempted suicide, and failed a multitude of classes. “I just remember trying really hard in all of my classes,” Deutmeyer said. “I never skipped, I never did anything, I tried really hard. I would just get C’s back or fail. “And the more times I did that, the more it was pounding into me that I was an inferior student and I don’t belong here.”
He got a lesson that any college students dealing with depression learn – that while earning a bachelor’s degree in college requires anyone to overcome obstacles, students with depression can find themselves overcoming even darker challenges.