We can all be anxious from time to time, whether it is from making an important decision, preparing for an exam, or facing a problem. This is a natural, everyday emotion that we all experience at certain points of our life, especially during college.

However, there are some moments where you may experience either persistent, extreme and/or overwhelming anxiety. It can become a problem when anxiety interferes with your daily activities, relationships and overall physical and mental well-being. If the feelings are out of proportion or seem uncontrollable then one may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.

Here are some characteristics between everyday anxiety and anxiety disorder to help you distinguish which one of the two you are experience and help you find the best coping mechanism:

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Along with feelings of anxiousness one may experience some physical symptoms such as sweating, headaches, nausea and and muscle tension.

There are different types of anxiety disorders that one can experience:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Ongoing anxiety that interferes with everyday activities
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Repetitive and excessive obsessions and thoughts that lead to repetitive compulsions and behaviors
  • Panic Disorder: Sudden recurrent unexpected panic attacks that may include shortness of breath and sweating
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Difficulty recovering after experiencing a traumatic event
  • Phobias: Persistent unreasonable fear of an object or situation that presents little to no danger
  • Social anxiety disorder: Irrational fear and anxiety caused from everyday social interactions

If you're feeling anxious, here are some helpful tips for strategies to cope with anxiety. 

All students can make an appointment with Student Health and Counseling Services to get help with managing anxiety. Schedule an appointment today by calling 530-752-2300.