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Anxiety is one of the most common concerns that students experience during their college careers. It is a common experience and a word that everyone knows, but you may not be aware that you are experiencing it unless you recognize the symptoms that accompany this phenomenon. When someone experiences anxiety, they have a general sense of uneasiness and/or an unpleasant mood. It may be triggered by specific persons, places or things, or it may be generalized; free-floating without any identifiable or specific triggers.

Anxiety is often accompanied by unrealistic fears or worries. It often occurs in situations in which a person perceives themselves to be powerless or lacking ability to control an outcome. It is typically future oriented and not a helpful or healthy reaction, when it is based on irrational and distorted thinking, feelings and perceptions. This is in contrast to fear, which is a rational response to a real threat of some kind. There are many common symptoms of anxiety that you may experience and also many different resources that can help manage any symptoms of anxiety listed below. 

Common Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Hypervigilance
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Racing thoughts
  • Unwanted thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Excessive worry
  • Feeling of impending doom
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Trembling

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