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Maintain Mental Health

Everybody has the blues, feels anxious, loses interest in enjoyable activities, or gets stressed sometimes, but when it continues for a long time or interferes with daily activities, it may be more serious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress is the body's response to any demand or pressure. These demands are called stressors. When stressors in your life are constant, it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps you deal with a tense situation, study harder for an exam, or keep your focus during an important speech. However, if you cannot shake your worries and concerns, or if the feelings make you want to avoid everyday activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Quick Tips:

  • Develop a support network of friends. Campus and extracurricular activities such as playing in a college band, joining a student club, or writing for the school newspaper are great ways to meet new friends.
  • If you have concerns over your study habits, ability to take tests, or managing your coursework, talk with teachers, counselors, family, and friends for advice and support.
  • Stay active. Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp. It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better.
  • Visit the health center, and discuss concerns with a health professional. If the health professional advises treatment, follow instructions. Watch out for side effects, and attend follow-up appointments to assess improvement.
  • If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a counselor or health provider. Call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Call (405) 744-7665 or make an appointment online if you have concerns. You can find out more about these conditions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.