Anxiety is a useful emotion when it motivates us to study or prepare for a big presentation, but sometimes anxiety can stop us from studying or even from sleeping. When feelings of apprehension or nervousness take over on more days than not, there may be an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders can involve generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, and more. These experiences can be troubling and scary, but help is available. Don't hesitate to reach out if you feel your anxiety is holding you back.
Signs of Anxiety
Excessive feelings of apprehension or worry
Muscle tension, shakiness, sweating, and/or nausea
Avoidance of social situations or other important functions
Increased heart rate and rate of breath
Trouble falling or staying asleep, restlessness, and/or fatigue
Coping Tips for Anxiety
Take slow, deep breaths when feeling anxious.
Write down your anxious thoughts. Challenge them later when you can take a different viewpoint and see them objectively.
Think critically about when you have anxiety or panic attacks and what might be causing those reactions.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol which can chemically trigger or worsen anxiety.
Take a break to exercise. Physical activity helps relieve anxiety and focus your thoughts.
See our Stress, Relaxation, and Mindfulness page for more!
Panic Disorder Information Hotline: 1.800.647.2642