Colleges are designed to be challenging academically, personally, and socially. Some anxiety is a natural by-product of the accelerated pace of learning and growth. To be sure, everyone feels anxious in certain situations, but anxiety disorders can make it difficult for students to function.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry that can be a completely normal response to stress. However, it can also be out of proportion to what’s going on or be impossible to control. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the US. Anxiety can feel so overwhelming that a person’s ability to work, study, interact with people, or follow a daily routine is affected.
Contrary to what prior generations of your family may have believed, anxiety disorders are not “all in one’s head.” Anxiety can be a real medical condition, developing from a complex set of biological and environmental factors, including genetics, biochemistry and traumatic life events.
Fortunately, it is possible to manage anxiety with counseling and/or medication.
The above information was taken with permission from The Jed Foundation, http://www.jedfoundation.org/
If you answered yes to any of these questions, and it has hindered your normal functioning, then it is recommended that you come to Student Counseling Services.
Healthy Minds site on Anxiety Disorders
The Christian and Anxiety- Hans Urs von Balthasar
Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions- Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. & R. Reid Wildson, Ph. D.
The Anxiety Cure – Dr. Archibald D. Hart
The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques- Margaret Wehrenberg
While these books and links are resources to use, Student Counseling Services at Liberty University is not endorsing these books and websites or the authors of the books or websites.