Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses. Forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them experience their first episode of anxiety by age 22.

In addition, a 2008 Associated Press and mtvU survey of college students found the following:

  • 80 percent say they frequently or sometimes experience daily stress
  • 34 percent have felt depressed at some point in the past three months
  • 13 percent have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder or depression
  • 9 percent have seriously considered suicide in the past year

Anxiety disorders often co-occur with other disorders. Learn more about the following disorders, which often affect college students, too:

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