The pressures of academic deadlines, worry about grades, juggling relationships and part time jobs can keep you “on your toes”. Throw in angst about figuring out who you are and where you’re heading in life and it’s a lot to deal with. Anxiety is a feeling of dread about something unpleasant or threatening that might happen - even when there is no apparent reason to worry. A certain amount of anxiety can be expected for most students. But for 15% of the population, anxiety reaches the point of a disorder that may require professional help. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders as a group are the most common mental health concern in America. They affect 19 million adults each year.
Who Gets It?
We all do now and then! Some degree of anxiety is natural in stressful situations and may even be helpful.
When Is Anxiety Problematic?
Sometimes anxiety can become more pervasive, last longer, and interfere with your daily life.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Nervousness and tension
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Knotted stomach
- Difficlty breathing
- Pounding heart
- Compulsive eating
- Can't concentrate
What Are the Possible Causes?
- Pressues from friends, family, school, or work.
- Relationship problems.
- Financial problems.
- Worries about the future.
- Feelings that one does not understand, does not know how to cope with, or does not find acceptable.
What Are Some Things You Can Do?
- Talk about it with those involved.
- Learn and practice relaxing (try the CAPS On-line Anxiety and Stress Management training session).
- Plan some change of pace.
- Avoid the urge to be "superperson" who tries to cope with too much.
What Are Some Available Resources for Help?
- Seek support from friends or your R.A. (resident advisor in the residence halls).
- Contact the Counseling Center for individual assistance or seek other professional help.
- Learn more about anxiety management skills on the Self-help Resources page.
Where to go for help on campus:
11498 Pierce Street, Suite #B
Call 951-785-2011 to schedule an initial consultation with a mental health professional
11498 Pierce Street, Suite #C
Call 951-785-2200 to schedule an appointment to meet with a clinician