How Well Do You Know Anxiety?

Anxiety.  Some people call it "nerves" while others call it the "shakes."  The truth is; we all experience anxiety throughout most of our days.  At times, our anxiety can feel quite overwhelming.  Other times, it may simply come and go.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 18.5 percent of adults in the United States are affected by anxiety. At Counseling and Psychological Services, anxiety is the leading reason why students come in to receive services.  Anxiety can impact your life.  It can affect your academic performance, relationships, and self-esteem.  Often, anxiety can affect your mood as well as your physical health.  

Physical signs of anxiety may include shaking, rapid breathing, sweating, headaches, stomachaches, nausea, increase heart rate, dizziness, or fainting.  Emotionally, when anxious, one may also feel angry, irritable, depressed, helpless, fatigue, or confusion.  Behaviorally, when feeling anxious, we may avoid or withdraw from situations or engage in maladaptive routines to help cope with the anxiety.

Having anxiety is natural, but when it interferes with your daily functioning and responsibilities; that's when it's important to get some help.  There are many treatment methods that can help in reducing anxiety.  To learn more about the treatment of anxiety or to get some support, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at (408) 924-5910.