Maladaptive anxiety affects approximately 19 million U.S. adults—or up to 25% of the general population—and is distinct in that it progresses to consume one with overwhelming fear, panic and dread. In many instances, symptoms are intense to the point they cripple one’s personal relationships, career, and quality of life.

  • Anxiety among college students has been rising since the 1950s.
  • According to a recent UCLA survey, over 30% of college freshman report feeling overwhelmed a great deal of the time. 38% of college women report feeling frequently overwhelmed.
  • In 2000, almost 7% of college students reported experiencing anxiety disorders within the previous year.

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