Everyone experiences some degree of anxiety some of the time. This is just a fact of life. Without fear and anxiety we would not survive. Fear helps us to recognize danger and prompts us to take steps to protect ourselves. At times we benefit from anxiety because it motivates us to find solutions and master new, challenging tasks. But high levels of anxiety can interfere with our ability to function and can be debilitating.
Intense academic competition, fear of inadequacy regarding an academic challenge, or relationship discord may be some of the sources of the anxiety. Symptoms associated with anxiety include: feelings of losing control, rapid heartbeat, chest pain or discomfort, dizziness, sweating and trembling. The student might appear to be confused, agitated, have difficulty concentrating, worry excessively, have difficulty making decisions, and be too overwhelmed to take action. Students may suffer from a wide range of anxious conditions which can include panic attacks. Panic attacks result in severe physical symptoms which can lead to the fear that one is dying. Some students may have a generalized anxiety, which can impact their ability to perform academically by affecting concentration, memory, the processing of information, the ability to recall information, and the ability to comprehend.
When you observe a student who is struggling with anxiety:
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With MyWellbeing, students can:
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National Institute of Mental Health
The federal government's public education campaign to raise awareness about depression and encourage depressed people to seek help. Provides free brochures and materials in English and Spanish.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2107 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 300, Arlington, VA 22201. (703) 524-7600 or (800) 950-6264.
A support and advocacy organization whose members are relatives of people with serious mental illness. Affiliates offer family support self-help groups and educational materials nationwide.
National Mental Health Association. 2000 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22331. (800) 969-6642
The nation's oldest and largest volunteer mental health organization. Offers patient/family support services, depression information materials, and community outreach programs.