Marshall psychology students to begin anxiety support group

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Graduate students in Marshall University’s Department of Psychology will conduct General Anxiety Support Group sessions for students, faculty, staff and community members beginning in April.

The group will meet in the evenings on Marshall’s Huntington campus for 90-minute sessions every week and will cater to the varying severity of anxiety from person to person, according to support group co-leader Chad Adkins.

“What one individual experiences as an intense feeling of being overwhelmed, another individual will only have a tight feeling in their chest or sense of unease,” Adkins said.

According to the Center for Disease Control, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. While anxiety is highly treatable, only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment.

Christina Johnson, co-leader of the group, said, “If you are experiencing one or many of the following: restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and/or constant worry, then you may be experiencing some generalized anxiety.”

People seeking a way to take control of anxiety and lessen the daily impact it has can e-mail either Johnson at [email protected] or Adkins at [email protected], or call Marshall’s Psychology Clinic at 304-696–2772.

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