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Managing anxiety can be challenging, but these types of conditions generally respond well to treatment, and the majority of individuals receiving treatment experience significant relief from their symptoms.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Overwhelming feelings of panic and fear
Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts
Painful, intrusive memories; recurring nightmares
Nausea, sweating, muscle tension, and other uncomfortable physical reactions
Anxiety is a normal response to a perceived danger or threat to one’s well-being or self-esteem. For college students, fear of inadequacy regarding academic work, problems with a housemate, family or friends, work problems, and related issues can be at the source of serious anxiety. A knot in your stomach or sweaty palms during challenging situations is normal. Anxiety disorders, however, are medical illnesses that differ dramatically from normal feelings to nervousness. The symptoms can make getting through each day very difficult and sometimes agonizing. Anxiety disorders are the most common of emotional disorders, annually affecting more than 20 million Americans.
Types of Anxiety
Panic: Panic can be an overwhelming fear of being in danger, during which the individual may experience many physiological symptoms.
Phobia: A phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity.
Obessions and Complusions: Obsessions are frequently occurring irrational thoughts that cause great anxiety but that cannot be controlled through reasoning. Compulsive behaviors can sometimes take up more than an hour a day, thus becoming excessively disruptive of normal daily routines and social relationships.
Stress: Severe stress may occur in individuals who have survived a severe or terrifying physical or emotional event
General Anxiety: People with general anxiety experience on-going, exaggerated tension that interferes with daily functioning