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Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to a perceived danger or threat to one’s well-being or self-esteem.
Symptoms associated with anxiety include: feelings of losing control; rapid heartbeat; chest pain or discomfort; dizziness; sweating; trembling; confusion, agitation, difficulty concentrating, excessive worrying, difficulty making decisions, and too overwhelmed to take action.

Panic Attacks: Panic attacks may result in severe physical symptoms, which can lead to the fear that one is dying. Some people experience generalized anxiety, which can impact their ability to perform academically by affecting concentration, memory, the processing of information and the ability to comprehend.

  • If you struggle with anxiety or panic attacks:

    1. Seek assistance. The following resources are available to help you.

    2. Submit a CARE Report.

    Submit a CARE Report

  • When corresponding with a person struggling with anxiety:

    1. Utilize the following advice.

    DO

    • Listen. Let the person talk about their feelings. This helps relieve some pressure.
    • Be supportive. Provide reassurance.
    • When possible, talk to the person in private.
    • Remain calm. Talk slowly.
    • Assume control. Speak in an explicit, concise manner. Be clear and direct and soothing.
    • Respectively, focus on the relevant information.
    • Assist the person in developing an action plan that addresses the most pressing concern.
    • Offer to help them connect to supportive campus resources.
    • If the person is having a panic attack and requires medical attention, dial 9-1-1.

    DON’T

    • Make solutions complicated.
    • Overwhelm the person with ideas on how to “fix” their condition.
    • Argue with irrational thoughts or catastrophic thinking.
    • Crowd the person’s physical space.
    • Try to solve all the problems.
    • Devalue the information or minimize the person’s concern.
    • Take responsibility for the person’s emotional state.
    • Assume the person will get over their anxiety without treatment.

    2. Recommend and refer to the following resources for further assistance.

    3. Submit a CARE Report

    Submit a CARE Report