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Anxiety

At UHCS:

UHCS provides free, one-on-one counseling sessions to students seeking services for a variety of issues including anxiety. We are here to help, so do not hesitate to use our services. To make an appointment either call UHCS at (262) 472-1305 or schedule in person at Ambrose Health Center, second floor between 8am-4:30pm, M-F.

From an Expert at UHCS:

College is an exciting time in life and there are a variety of new experiences and challenges students face. Many people experience some level of anxiety in their lives such as taking a test, doing a presentation or meeting new people. When these events occur, anxiety may be present but often times we persevere and recognize “it wasn’t that bad” and move on. Yet, sometimes anxiety is more pervasive and harder to alleviate. For some people, anxiety manifests as excessive worrying. A person could worry about things they did or did not do, worry about the future or worry for no reason at all. Excessive worrying can be overwhelming and often limits our ability to function to our fullest capacity. Learning to treat and manage anxiety is the key to having a positive and meaningful college experience.

People experience a wide variety of anxiety symptoms. From a clinical perspective, it is important to discuss and explore all symptoms to determine if someone is experiencing an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders include: Generalized Anxiety (described above), Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Social anxiety, Panic attacks and Phobias. These conditions are treatable and there are a variety of clinical interventions used to help people manage these disorders.

Anxiety has many forms and sometimes it is challenging to know if or when to seek support. If you have any doubt, it would be helpful to contact UHCS to see a counselor and explore this together. Sometimes it’s as simple as an appointment or two to explore ways to understand and deal with your anxiety. The counselors at UHCS are happy to help, so give us a call (262) 472-1305.

Here are some helpful tips to manage anxiety symptoms:

  1. Deep breathing—be purposeful about your breathing. Take breaths that expand your diaphragm (breaths that make your stomach rise). Focus on having your stomach go “out” when you take a breath “in”. Use this technique to help calm and center you as many times as needed.
  2. Exercise—physical activity helps alleviate anxiety and excess energy. It often helps clear the mind and reduce the urgency of anxious thoughts. Moderate exercise will also release “feel good” chemicals in the brain and the deep breathing that occurs with exercise relaxes the body.
  3. Talk about it—friends and family members are great sources of support along with counselors or other providers. Often times talking about your anxiety will help decrease those thoughts simply because you’re sharing them with someone.
  4. Limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine—many people think these drugs will alleviate anxiety however both caffeine and alcohol often increase anxiety symptoms.
  5. Challenge your thinking—look more closely at your thinking patterns and ask yourself some questions. Are there actual facts to support my current thinking? Am I looking at the positive aspects of this situation? Are my expectations reasonable? Are there options I have not considered or overlooked?

~ Natalie Pitroski NCC, LPC, CSAC

More information:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/introduction.shtml

http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety

http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/tips

Updated 09/12/12