It is no surprise that college students are going to have to deal with stress – between classes, work, paying expenses, and balancing a social life it can become overwhelming. For some students, this results in the development of an anxiety disorder, which could be harmful to their academic career if they fail to speak out about their struggles. Many believe that having anxiety is shameful, but  changing the social norm by being open about the struggle can ultimately lead to a healthier, happier life.

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It is no surprise that college students are going to have to deal with stress – between classes, work, paying expenses, and balancing a social life it can become overwhelming. For some students, this results in the development of an anxiety disorder, which could be harmful to their academic career if they fail to speak out about their struggles.
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A student struggling with anxiety is more likely to skip meals, which can result in more anxiety symptoms to occur throughout the day (study, Body and Health).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It can also become difficult for students to pay attention during class and find the motivation that they need to concentrate.
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This lack of motivation can ultimately result in a drop in grades, which could further add to a students stress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Students who are struggling with anxiety are also more likely to turn to vices such as drugs and alcohol (ADAA).
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Many students feel obligated to hide their struggles from friends and family, which results in them shutting them out and keeping to themselves. This only allows for their thoughts to fester and feed into the stress (study, ADAA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An anxiety disorder is often times accompanied by other disorders such as depression and insomnia (ADAA).
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One result from insomnia can lead to the lack of motivation to get out of bed in the morning (ADAA).

 

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The best advice for any student struggling with anxiety or any other mood disorder, is to visit their on-campus Counseling Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For some, they might be recommended to meet with a counselor every so often, and for others they might also be prescribed medication to help provide more of a balance. The important thing to remember is that a mood disorder does not define you and can be overcome.