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Stress and Anxiety Management

Knowing the Difference Between Stress and an Anxiety Disorder

The American Institute of Stress  defines stress as synonymous with distress which is "physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension" or "a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize." Stress is a normal life experience, but becomes a problem when it is overwhelming.

The National Institute of Mental Health defines anxiety as a normal reaction to stress. In general, it helps people cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, debilitating, irrational dread of everyday situations, it is a disabling disorder.


Ways to Seek Help

Campus Resources

Counseling Center
Provides free and confidential personal and academic counseling to all UWG students

Health Services Provides medical and patient/victim advocate services; Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8a-6p; Wednesday-Friday, 8a-5p; Summer Hours: 8a-4p; Contact: 678-839-6452

Other Resources
Anxiety Disorders Association of America


Tips for Coping With Life Issues

Family Problems

Dealing With Holiday Stress

Dealing With Holiday Stress - Part 2

Dealing With Holiday Stress - Part 3