Anxiety

Do you worry a lot? Is your worrying excessive? Does it interfere with your schoolwork or daily activities? If so, you may suffer from an anxiety disorder.

Are you alone?

Not at all. Here are some anxiety statistics:

• Close to seven percent of college students report having symptoms.

• More than 40 million men and women are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder annually.

• Anxiety disorders can develop at any age, but are likely to begin to show themselves during teenage years and young adulthood (20s).

• Women are twice as likely then men to experience anxiety.

• 30 percent of all women will suffer from some kind of anxiety at some point in their lives. 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is related to stress. Like stress, it is part of our bodies' "fight or flight" response, which helps us to prepare for dangerous situations. Everyone experiences some anxiety during his or her life; it is natural.

However, some people experience more intense anxiety than others. If you experience persistent anxiety in everyday life, you may want to seek help or more information.

Normal anxiety vs. and anxiety disorders

Normal AnxietyAnxiety Disorder
Occasional worry about circumstantial events, such as an exam or break-up, that may leave you upsetConstant, chronic and unsubstantiated worry that causes significant distress, disturbs your social life and interferes with classes and work
Embarrassment or self-consciousness in the face of uncomfortable social situationsAvoidance of common social situations for fear of being judged, embarrassed or humiliated
Random case of nerves or jitters, dizziness and/or sweating over an important event like an exam or oral presentationRepeated, random panic attacks or persistent worry/anticipation of another panic attack and feelings of terror or impending doom
Realistic fear of a threatening object, place or situationIrrational fear or avoidance of an object, place or situation that poses little or no threat of danger
Wanting to be sure that you are healthy and living in a safe, hazard-free environmentPerforming uncontrollable, repetitive actions, such as washing your hands repeatedly or checking things over and over
Anxiety, sadness or difficulty sleeping immediately following a traumatic eventOngoing and recurring nightmares, flashbacks or emotional numbing relating to a traumatic event in your life that occurred several months or years ago

 

If you think you or someone you know suffers from an anxiety disorder, please get help. Contact La Roche's Counseling and Health Services at 412-847-2506. We are located in Bold Hall 261 and 259.

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