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