Student Wellness Services



Anxiety Disorders


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 40 million adults and older (18.1% of the population). Prevention, recognition and treatment of an anxiety disorder is of great importance. The highest priority is understanding that you are not alone and that you seek a professional medical diagnosis before beginning treatment. Once diagnosed, you can begin treatment through a medical care provider.

Anxiety disorders can be frightening. Some disorders can induce an irrational worry or fear that something bad will happen. This can take a physical toll on a person's body, leading to fatigue, restlessness, dizziness, increased heart rate, nausea, diarrhea and sweating. People who suffer from anxiety disorders experience trembling, twitching, shaking, irritability, and impatience, or may become easily distracted.

The line between "normal" anxiety and an anxiety disorder occurs if overwhelming tension happens when there is no real danger. People with an anxiety disorder may often take extreme actions to avoid causes of their anxiety, thereby affecting the quality of his or her life.

The Anxiety Disorders Association of American (ADAA) contains a brief overview of Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Self-Test ♦ Social Anxiety Disorder Self-Test ♦ Self-Test for Panic Disorder

A Self-Test for OCD

Click here for the ADAA's full list of self-tests, or view possible treatment options and how to get help. 

If you are experiencing these symptoms over prolonged periods of time, please set up an appointment with one of our counselors to discuss your concerns. You can set up an appointment by calling (860) 832-1945, or by coming in person to Willard-DiLoreto Complex, 1st Floor.

Prior to your appointment, you are welcome to visit our Self-Assessments Page, which also contains self-tests on Wellness, Stress, and College Adjustment. Please print these results and bring them with you to your first appointment so that your counselor will be informed and better able to address your concerns, as they may be contributing factors to your anxiety.

Myth vs. Fact

Central Connecticut State University's Counseling & Wellness Center is not responsible for misinformation in external links. You may also read individual sites' privacy policies before proceeding. Please also read the Anxiety Disorder Association of America's disclaimer on their self-tests and information that they provide the public. In any mental health emergency, always dial 911.