HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section V – Common Mental Health Problems
Anxiety is a feeling of dread, fear or distress over a real or imagined threat to your mental or physical well-being.
A certain amount of anxiety is normal. It can prompt you to study for a test. It can alert you to seek safety when you are in physical danger. Anxiety is not normal, though, when there is no apparent reason for it or when it overwhelms and interferes with your day-to-day life.
Anxiety can be a symptom of medical conditions such as:
Anxiety can also be a symptom of a number of illnesses known as anxiety disorders. These include:
When anxiety is mild and/or does not interfere with daily living, it can be dealt with using self-help techniques. (See “Self-Help” below.)
Anxiety disorders are some of the most common conditions people suffer with. They often respond well to treatment.
Questions to Ask
What You Can Do For a Friend or Relative
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