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Feeling stressed, anxious or panicky?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It is a useful reaction in that when we are faced with a dangerous situation, it helps us to take appropriate action. However, if anxiety is experienced often and for no apparent reason, it becomes a problem. Once you have been anxious for a time, whatever the reason, the anxiety tends to remain because it becomes a habit - you and your body learn that the way to cope with any stress is by feeling anxious, by worrying and experiencing various physical symptoms.

The experience of feeling anxious varies from person to person and from situation to situation. At one end of the scale, there is the feeling of uneasiness and restlessness, perhaps with some minor physical symptoms. At the other extreme, the anxiety reaches such a peak at times that the person experiences a panic attack.

Once you have experienced anxiety, you become more aware of its effects. In particular, you can become frightened of the anxiety symptoms. This leads to even more anxiety - a vicious circle.

Anxiety affects us in three ways:

  • it affects the way we think
  • our body reacts in many different ways
  • it affects how we behave - in many cases, we tend to act in a way we believe will reduce or avoid anxiety and its effects.

These reactions can often lead to feelings of panic or wanting to avoid situations. If you feel that you are suffering from anxiety, it is important to seek help.

You are welcome to come to Student Services to talk to one of our advisers or counsellors, perhaps just for some initial advice or if you feel you want to take things further. You can drop in to make an appointment either at The ASC (The Advice and Support Centre) at 79 North Street, or our offices at Eden Court on The Scores. Alternatively, you can:

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Book an appointment with a support adviser via our online booking system. Find out What to expect from your first appointment (PDF, 1,099 KB)

You can also contact your health service for advice.

Exercise is known to reduce the effects of anxiety. Saints Sport offer volunteering opportunies which you may find useful.

Online Support

Our SilverCloud service, Space from Anxiety, offers CBT modules designed to help you manage anxiety.

Leaflets

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Managing stress

Exam anxiety

Ebooks

If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time or coping with a condition or stressor, sometimes reading about these situations can help. Shelf Help provides a guide to self-help resources held by the library.

Library Books

  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Davis, Eshelman, Mackay (New Harbinger Publications)
  • Teach Yourself Managing Stress, Looker & Gregson (Hodder Arnold)

Web Sites

Student Services has invested in this online package with E-Books, videos and worksheets.  If you would like to talk about the material or have questions, then please contact the support advice team at Student Services.

Student Services

To contact Student Services, you can drop in to make an appointment either at The ASC (The Advice and Support Centre) at 79 North Street, or our offices at Eden Court on The Scores.

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Contact

The ASC

Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 1716

Contact

Student services

Eden Court
The Scores
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2720
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 4007

Eden Court location map

  • Book an Appointment online
  • See also

      Sport Support Programme for Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
       

      Books available in the University library

      The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Davis, Eshelman, Mackay (New Harbinger Publications)

      Teach Yourself Managing Stress, Looker & Gregson (Hodder Arnold)