Pressured, stressed, doing too many things at once. This is Julia's story. During her first year at college Julia's schedule was a mix of sports, education, and social outings. Soon she began to start having heavy anxiety to the point of becoming physically ill. Watch and learn how she coped with anxiety and the pressures of doing a lot at once.
My name is Julia, I am 20, and I have general anxiety disorder. I went off to college and when I got there, there was just so much going on. I was playing a varsity sport, I just felt like things were getting to get out of control. I started getting pretty physically sick, I had a lot of stomach problems, I wasn't sleeping, I wasn't eating. Simple things like sweating a lot and getting really nervous and feeling my heart pounding and not being able to really breath, and actually my palms get really really sweaty when I am nervous. The school I was at had a really good counseling service so I went there and saw a therapist. I let her know what was going on, what pressures I was feeling, wasn't having any family problems. Those were a lot of the types of questions that I got. Maybe I was disguising that by working so hard in school or playing so hard. But there was nothing there so the therapist said I had an extreme version of general anxiety disorder which is pretty natural for a lot of people who face a lot of pressure in their life whether it's work, or academics, or something going on with their family. I would say the thing that helped me the most with my anxiety was just recognizing that it was a problem that I had made and it was something that I could unmake, if you will. So recognizing something like the school I was at, I chose to be there and if I didn't want to be there I could choose to do that. And I am putting the pressures on the academics and school, it wasn't my parents, it wasn't my advisor, it wasn't anything like that, it was me. So that was really helpful and I was able to do that because of the support I had from my family. My anxiety really isn't a problem anymore. I can definitely tell if I am getting nervous about something and my mom tells me if you are getting nervous for something it means that you can do a good job. So I have taken that nervous energy and turned it into something positive rather than letting it spin out of control and make it something negative. So I am excited to be here this summer and then go back to college in the fall.
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