If you are struggling with anxiety, you are not alone, and help is available right on campus.
Occasional short-term anxiety is a normal part of life—an adaptive reaction to difficult or challenging circumstances in your life. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For people with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away, and can worsen over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as schoolwork, hobbies, and social activities.
There are many types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.
Whether you are experiencing stress and worry related to particular life events or a more pervasive sense of anxiety, we are here to help.
If you are a UO student experiencing difficult mental health symptoms and need support, the best place to start is with the Mental Health Access Team (MHAT). You can call 541-346-3227 or just drop by University Health Services for a same-day MHAT evaluation. This team will work with you to evaluate your needs, provide immediate help, and decide the best next steps to support your mental health. Many mental health issues can be successfully treated with short-term psychotherapy through UHS Counseling Services. If needed, the MHAT team can schedule you to see a provider in the primary care clinic or facilitate a referral to our psychiatry team.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and UHS is closed, you can reach the UHS mental health crisis line at 541-346-3227. To connect with the three-digit national crisis and suicide lifeline, call 988.
There are resources and information for coping with mental health concerns on the Counseling Services website.
For more information on anxiety disorders:
- Counseling Services
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Centre for Clinical Interventions
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