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Anxiety in College: Know the Facts

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Blog, Jessica Richards | Comments Off on Anxiety in College: Know the Facts

College can be stressful. Not only are you trying to figure out which class to make it to next you also have to juggle:

  • Full-time or part-time employment.
  • Student loans.
  • Decisions about your career and the rest of your life.
  • Maintaining relationships with friends, family and significant others.
  • If you have enough ramen noodles to get you through until you receive your next loan disbursement!

It’s no wonder that you feel stressed and overwhelmed!

However, did you know that often times that stress and overwhelming feeling can actually be signs and symptoms of anxiety

Let’s look at some of the facts about anxiety and what college students face:

  • 75% of young adults experience their first anxiety episode by the age of 22. 
  • 80% of young adults say they frequently or sometimes experience daily stress. 
  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concerns on college campuses. 

Anxiety can feel so overwhelming that it impacts the ability to work, study, interact with people, or follow a daily routine. If you are experiencing any of the feelings below, you may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
  • Chills or heat sensations
  • Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Fear of dying


Jessica Richards Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern I am a dedicated, motivated and passionate counselor who prides myself in providing quality treatment for young adults struggling with anxiety. I have assisted my clients in gaining a peace of mind and sense of serenity. I specialize in helping college students and adolescents overcome low self-esteem, anxiety and panic disorders.