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:
- Irrational fears
- Fear of losing control
- 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 an 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.