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Stress + Anxiety

The difference between stress + anxiety


  • Natural response to change
  • Caused by an external trigger
  • Temporary
  • Less control = more intense stress reaction


  • Unremitting, uncontrollable (even outside of trigger)
  • Can be a result of prolonged, untreated stress
  • Sense of doom or danger
  • Unsubstantiated worries

Symptoms in Common

  • Fear
  • Physical complaints
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • GI symptoms
  • Panic attacks

Warning signs

  • Procrastination
  • Absences
  • Change in appearance
  • Apathetic

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There is help

When prolonged stress and anxiety causes a disruption in daily functioning, it is time to ask for help. Call the ESU Student Counseling Center at 620-341-5222 or schedule online via the link below.

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