The Student With Anxiety
Anxiety can be generalized across a range of situations, or it may be situation-specific (e.g., test-taking, social situations, public speaking).
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- irrational fears
- fear of losing control
- excessive worry
- sleep, or
- eating problems
Research suggests that in cases of extreme anxiety, the most effective treatment involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
- Talk to the student in private.
- Remain calm and assume control in a soothing manner.
- Focus on relevant information, speaking concretely and concisely.
- Help the student develop an action plan that addresses the main concern.
- Refer the student to the Counseling Center (301) 314-7651 for counseling.
- Refer the student to the Mental Health Service (301) 314-8106 for medication.
- Overwhelming the student with information or complicated solutions.
- Arguing with irrational thoughts.
- Devaluing the information presented.
- Assuming the student will get over the anxiety without treatment.