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Defeat anxiety, get tested

Laura Maginley
Assoc. News Editor

It may not come as a shock, but anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health concerns within the American public.  In fact, it is actually one of the top three most noted reasons for coming to the Counseling Center on Millersville University’s campus, according to Dr. Joseph Lynch, psychologist and professor at the center for counseling and human development at Millersville.  That is why Millersville University will be offering a free program and anxiety screening on September 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., no appointment required.
The program will include viewing a video, completing a questionnaire and then meeting a mental health professional to review the questionnaire.  Each student will be given information about various anxiety disorders and mental illnesses during this process.
Despite anxiety disorders being extremely common, affecting professors, students, celebrities, Presidents and everyone in between, a feeling of embarrassment for getting screened may still overtake individuals.  Here is a huge number to chew on: 17 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder of some sort.  This can include anything from experiencing panic attacks, endlessly checking and rechecking their actions, persistent and uncontrollable worry and even anxiety in social situations.
“We have many students that come in for these screenings, so any student that is nervous about attending will not be alone,” shared Lynch.  It should also be noted that students will not be called in by their names when participating in the screening. To ensure confidentiality, instead they will each be assigned a number.   “The student can share their name with the screener if they would like to, but do not have to,” said Lynch.
Additionally, each questionnaire is shredded once the screening is finished to protect the student’s privacy.
Anxiety comes in many different forms, including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive order, social phobia and post-traumatic stress disorder.  If left untreated, anxiety can continue to build and lead to substance abuse, depression and suicide.
Once these screenings are completed, there are still numerous opportunities for students to seek help at the Counseling Center on campus.  They offer individual and couples counseling for grief resolution, relationships, family issues, eating disorders, self-esteem, depression and any other stressors that are present in an individual’s life.  Appointments must be made for the Counseling Center by calling 717-972-3122.
The Counseling Center is located on the third floor of Lyle Hall.