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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Dr. Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore, PhD, is Founder and Chair at Thriveworks — a counseling practice focused on premium client care, with 340+ locations across the US. Anthony is a Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and author of "How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice". He is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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