Anxiety FAQs

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of dread about something unpleasant or threatening that might happen- even when there is no apparent reason to worry.

Who gets it?

We all do now and then! Some degree of anxiety is natural in stressful situations and may even be helpful. Anxiety in certain situations can help you to focus, pay attention and make sure you are prepared.

When is anxiety problematic?

Sometimes anxiety can become more pervasive, last longer, and interfere with your daily life.

What are anxiety symptoms?

  • Nervousness and tension
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Knotted stomach
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Pounding heart
  • Compulsive eating
  • Trembling
  • Difficulty concentrating

What are the possible causes of anxiety?

  • Pressures from friends, family, school, or work.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Financial problems.
  • Worries about the future.
  • Feelings that are difficult to understand, cope with or seem unacceptable.

What strategies can you use to manage anxiety?

What are some available resources for help with anxiety at UNC Chapel Hill?

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