According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) there are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, and they differ by the situations that induce them. Some anxiety disorders include: panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.
The NIH states that occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Situational anxiety can affect a person during times of stress, like before facing a problem, taking an important test, or making a major decision. These are situations of temporary anxiety and should subside. However, there are times when they do not. Anxiety disorders interfere with job, and school performance, relationships, and other normal everyday activities.
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If you're feeling anxious, you're not alone—among college students, anxiety is a common problem. A 2018 report by the American College Health Association revealed that, in the last year:
It's especially likely for first-year college students to experience anxiety, or to be first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Adjusting to college life can be a major stressor; everything from a change in sleep schedule to academic pressures and moving away from friends contributes to anxiety in college students.
Anxiety is one of the many disorders that can compromise good mental health. Curious what good mental health looks like, or why it’s crucial? Your total mental health is more than just the absence of anxiety or other disorders.
Your mental health can have an impact on your performance in school, your social life, According to mentalhealth.gov, good mental health allows a person to:
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