Counseling Service

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:

  • agitation
  • panic
  • avoidance
  • irrational fears
  • fear of losing control
  • ruminations
  • 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.