Anxiety hits students hard

By Emma Barhoumi
Staff Writer

UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) researchers surveyed more than 200,000 incoming freshmen, and the results showed that students reported all-time lows in overall mental health and emotional stability. Anxiety in teens is a rapidly growing issue that is becoming more and more of a common problem in high schools recently.

Students are assigned so much work at school and expected to balance their social lives, sports, extra curricular activities and school work. With the enormous work load this puts a lot of stress on the students, which in turn can lead to anxiety. People who have anxiety can also not even know they have it.

Some of the identifying signs of people with anxiety including feeling sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, guilty, worthless, helpless, irritable and restlessness. Teachers, parents and even friends can be oblivious to a student struggling with anxiety and it is important to talk to a trustworthy adult if you believe you could have anxiety.

Students are not the only ones suffering with anxiety problems. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 18 percent of adults are suffering from an anxiety disorder in any given year, resulting in the United States being the most anxious nation in the world.

“The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.” says psychologist Robert Leahy.

For people with more serious diagnosed cases of anxiety there are medications to help. Some of the medications include Valium, Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin. Anti-anxiety drugs work by reducing brain activity. While this temporarily relieves anxiety, it can also lead to side effects.

There are also many other conditions linked to anxiety. In any given year about 17% of people will have an anxiety disorder and about 28% of people will have an anxiety disorder. And, if someone has one anxiety disorder, then they probably have two or three anxiety disorders and, possibly depression. About 49% of the general population has a history of anxiety, depression, substance abuse or some of all three major problems.

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