What does anxiety look like?

By Elizabeth Burns
Classes, presentations, meetings, work, assignments, phone calls, internship, emails, dinner dates, parties, assignments … the amount of activities to participate in and the information you receive each day can be overwhelming. Managing life as a college student is stressful! The good news is that stress and worry are often a very normal and necessary part of life. Anxiety is your body’s natural response to danger or uncertainty; it can keep us safe and motivate us to get things done. However, when feelings of fear or worry make it difficult to function in your daily life, there may be something more going on.
Check out the symptoms of anxiety disorders below. Although there are several different types of anxiety disorders, most have similar symptoms which can be both physical and emotional:
Mental/Emotional Symptoms:
• Feelings of apprehension or dread
• Trouble concentrating
• Feeling tense and jumpy
• Anticipating the worst
• Irritability
• Restlessness
• Fear of losing control or going crazy
Physical Symptoms:
• Pounding heart or chest pain
• Chills, sweating or hot flashes
• Stomach upset or nausea
• Shortness of breath
• Trembling or shaking
• Muscle tension
• Headaches, feeling dizzy
• Fatigue
• Insomnia
Managing life as a student is difficult and some level of anxiety, uncertainty, worry and stress is just a regular part of life. If the symptoms above are interfering with school, work, relationships, or other areas in your life, consider calling Counseling Services at (312) 369-8700 to learn more about anxiety or make an appointment with a therapist.