Anxiety

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Anxiety is a normal feeling that many students experience throughout their university and academic career. Anxiety causes distress for a significant number of Brock students. Writing exams and papers, meeting deadlines, public speaking and presentations, highly demanding schedules and social pressures can lead to a sense of worry or even fear. These sensations, however uncomfortable, are different from the ones associated with an anxiety disorders. Like many other mental health issues, anxiety disorders are a result of a combination of biological, psychological and other individual factors.

Anxiety Disorders

An anxiety disorder differs from normal anxiety in that the anxiety experienced is more severe or intense, long-lasting and interferes with the person’s ability to function at work, school and in relationships. People with anxiety disorders have excessive levels of anxiety and can experience anxiety when a person is not in a state of danger. In other words, the anxiety the person experiences doesn’t match the situation. Some individuals experience generalized anxiety while others may have specific phobias. Anxiety can also be triggered by a traumatic event.

 

Symptoms

  • A sense of impending doom, imminent danger, fear of dying.
  • Feeling detached, speeding/slowing of thoughts, easily distracted, insomnia, irritability, impatience, anger.
  • Palpitations, chest pain, flushing, hyperventilation, dizziness, headache, sweating, numbness, dry mouth, upset stomach.
 

Treatment

There are many different effective treatments for anxiety. Everyone responds to treatment differently so some of these may work better than others. Treatment options include:

  • Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Drug Therapy (i.e. anti-anxiety drugs)
  • Alternative Treatments (self-help books, physical exercise, acupuncture, meditation)

Often, more than one treatment can be used in combination with another to ensure the most successful results.

Often, more than one treatment can be used in combination with another to ensure the most successful results.

 

Resources

 

 Websites

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    Student Health Services

    Located in Harrison Hall
    (next to Campus Security)
    Physicians and Mental Health Nurse
    905-688-5550 x3243

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    Personal Counselling

    Located in the Schmon Tower – ST400
    Counsellors
    905-688-5550 x3240

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    Campus Security

    Located in the Kenmore Centre (across from the Walker Complex)
    905-688-5550 x3200 (crisis)
    905-688-5550 x4300 (non-crisis)

Crisis Services
at Brock

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    Brock Campus Security

    905-688-5550 x3200

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    In Case Of Emergency

    Call 911

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    Niagara Distress Centre

    905-688-3711 (support line)

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    Niagara Health System, St. Catharines Hospital

    1200 Fourth Ave.
    St. Catharines, ON  L2S 0A9
    905-378-4647

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    Personal Counselling

    905-327-2244 (emergency after hours)

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    24 Hours Post-Secondary Student Hotline (Good 2 Talk)

    1-866-925-5454

After Hours Crisis Resources