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Stress

CONTACT US

E-mail: counselor@csmd.edu


LA PLATA CAMPUS

Ann Penick, MA, LCPC, NCC
Administration (AD) Building, Room 205
Phone: 301-934-7577
Email:  APenick@csmd.edu


LEONARDTOWN CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building A, Room 204E
Phone: 240-725-5328
Email:  jfossell@csmd.edu


PRINCE FREDERICK CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building B, Room 109B
Phone: 443-550-6169
Email: jfossell@csmd.edu

Stress is a normal part of life, especially during periods of transition and uncertainty. A certain level of stress is healthy and can be motivating.

Problems develop when stress seems to exceed this level and a person begins feeling overwhelmed—like they’re “drowning." College can be stressful for a variety of reasons: greater academic demands, being on your own in a new environment, changes in family relations, financial responsibilities, changes in your social life, exposure to new people and ideas, struggle with temptations, discomfort with your sexual identity, and preparing for the next step in your life whether it be transferring to a four-year school or getting a new job after graduation. Excessive stress can sneak up on you over time. You may not even notice it until you begin to experience its physical and emotional effects. It is possible to manage and maintain stress at relatively healthy levels. You can do this by learning how your body reacts when it’s stressed out and monitoring yourself for these signs. Figure out which stress-reduction techniques will work best for you and use them whenever you start to notice the negative effects of too much stress. Excessive stress, if not addressed, can be a trigger for emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety. Stress causes physiological and hormonal changes in the body. Adequate sleep, diet, and exercise can help to minimize the negative effects of stress.

Symptoms of Stress

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased frequency of headaches
  • Being more irritable than normal
  • Recurring minor colds and minor illnesses
  • Frequent muscle aches and/or tightness
  • Being more disorganized than usual
  • Increased difficulty in getting things done
  • Greater sense of persistent time pressure
  • Increased levels of frustration and anger