Anxiety and stress in college students; signs to look for

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The beginning of the fall semester at the University of Nevada Reno is a brand new world for freshmen students. For those now living in the old Sky Tower of Circus Circus, it's very different.

"I knew that all of the students here in the Wolf Pack Tower were in the same boat and it was completely different from what we expected and what we toured before with our orientation and programs before we even decided to go here," Elisabeth Watkins, a UNR freshman says.

On July 5, 2019 two explosions left Argenta and Nye Halls uninhabitable. The university has since moved those students to the west tower at Circus Circus, calling it Wolf Pack Tower.

Watkins says she was nervous at first to live downtown but campus security has put her mind at ease.

"It can be a little bit scary downtown and as a girl you probably shouldn't walk by yourself but knowing I have campus police and campus escorts I feel more safe and more confident," she says.

Local therapist, Nora Brucklacher, says a sense of security is vital for students who are away from home for the first time.

"I'm grateful that the campus is doing everything that they can but if students find that they are struggling they should let the campus know," Brucklacher says.

She does warn that living off campus could lead to isolation.

"When it comes to that isolation it's taking notice that one I'm not reaching out as often as I have in the past, or I'm going to class less frequently or I'm tuning our and not as present with people as I would like to be," Brucklacher says.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America 85% of college students report they've felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at some time during the school year.

Brucklacher says some warning signs of anxiety or depression include racing thoughts, trouble sleeping and detachment.

"Those are the times we really need to reach out for help such as going to therapy or calling a friend and saying hey I just really need someone to talk to," she says.

The university provides multiple resources for all students whether they live on or off campus.

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