Having the blues, feeling a little anxious, or getting stressed from time to time are a part of life. All of the changes experienced in college can be very stressful. When these things start to interfere with daily life and your ability to function normally, it could be more serious than you realize.
Stress, anxiety, and depression were all reported by Georgetown students on the National College Health Assessment as top factors that negatively impact academic performance. Educating yourself on these topics and available resources can be the key to a happy, successful college experience.
Anxiety helps us get out of harm’s way and prepare for important events, and it warns us when we need to take action.
But you may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.
The term “anxiety disorder” includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and specific phobias.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time, along with depression.
Facts and Statistics
Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment, even though the disorders are highly treatable.