Facts About Anxiety

  • Anxiety can be generalized across a range of situations, or it may be situation-specific (e.g., test anxiety, social anxiety, public speaking anxiety).
  • Symptoms of anxiety include:
    • Stress
    • Panic
    • Avoidance
    • Irrational fears
    • Fear of losing control
    • Ruminations
    • Excessive worry
    • Sleep or eating problems

​What You Can Do

  • Talk to the student privately.
  • Remain calm and take the lead by focusing on relevant information.
  • Help the student develop a​​​n action plan that addresses his or her main concern.
  • Refer the student to Personal Counseling 401.865.2343.

What You Should Avoid Doing

  • Overwhelming the student with information or complicated solutions.
  • Arguing with the student’s irrational thoughts.
  • Devaluing the information presented.
  • Assuming the anxiety the student is experiencing will end or lessen without treatment.