College Students

Patricia Gerbarg, MD, and Richard Brown, MD

Mind-Body Practices in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Patricia Gerbarg, MD, and Richard Brown, MD

Patricia Gerbarg, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry
New York Medical College

Richard Brown, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons


College Students

College can be stressful. You can easily get anxious trying to juggle school, work, friends, and family while trying to figure out the rest of your life. Most of us bounce back. But frequent, intense, and uncontrollable anxiety that interferes with your daily routines may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Learn the difference between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder.

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National Stress Øut Day Participating Schools

Alma College
Arizona State University
Argosy University, Inland Empire
Assumption College
Augustana College
Bowdoin College
Bowie State University
Bridgewater College
Bryn Mawr College
Cabrini College
California State University Chico
California State University Long Beach
Carthage College
Case Western Reserve University
Central Michigan University
Chapman University
Colgate University
College of Mt. St.


Active Minds – national organization of college campus chapters that works to promote mental health education and awareness on campus

National Stress Øut Day Anti-Stress Activities

  • ScreamFest: Let out one unified tension-breaking scream prior to finals.
  • Exam Oasis: Make stress balls, receive massages, play games, and offer refreshments.
  • Recess: Recess is a reminder of what used to be fun about school. Organize kickball, dodgeball, 4-square, or Red Rover.

Find Help

If you think you have an anxiety or anxiety-related disorder, or if you feel overwhelmed or just not yourself, it’s time to get help. There is no shame in talking to someone about your feelings. Getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


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

College Students

Parental support is extremely important for college students, especially those who may be dealing with an anxiety disorder or other mental health condition.

Below are tips for helping your college-age child:

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