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Virtual Displays: Fight Finals Fatigue// Anxiety and Stress

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

Anxiety and Stress: How Common is It?

© Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times ("US Gymnast Simone Biles Withdraws from 2020 Olympic Events to Protect Her Mental Health." Tribune Content Agency Photos, 2021. Gale In Context: Opposing

Multiple indicators have revealed rising levels of stress and anxiety among the US population in the twenty-first century. According to the Gallup's 2020 Global Emotions Report, the United States had the fourth-most stressed population out of 143 countries surveyed in 2019. Among US adults, 55 percent indicated feeling stressed on the day prior to being surveyed. As of 2021, anxiety disorders were the most common mental health problems in the United States. As much as 33.7 percent of the population experiences an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Annually, about 18 percent of adults deal with anxiety disorders, and the prevalence of anxiety among children and adolescents has also been on the rise. Individuals can manage the effects of routine stress by establishing healthy eating, exercise, and sleep habits. Anxiety disorders and chronic stress may be treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both.

("Anxiety and Stress Management." Gale Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2021. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints,


Video Description - Coping with Stress

A certain amount of stress can actually enhance performance and productivity. However, continually high levels of stress have been linked to all of the leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, cancer, and lung ailments. This program analyzes the role of stress in day-to-day life and in overall physical and mental health. Sources of stress are identified, and techniques for managing stress are suggested. Information on how to improve personal communication—a powerful safety valve—is also provided.

Video Description - Stress Management: Psychological Counseling 

Stress has been called the most prevalent disease of modern society: an epidemic brought about by the pace of modern life and the pressure to succeed in a climate of increasing job insecurity. But what exactly is stress? How do medical and psychological approaches to stress management differ? And what psychological strategies—behavioral, cognitive, and organizational—are available to combat stress? This three-section program concentrates on the field of psychological counseling as it answers these questions.


A special thank you to Eva Atkinson for helping us compile these resources! 

More Local Resources from BU's Counseling Services Director

LifeShop Videos

Created by a colleague of Eva Atkinson, the Counseling Services Director at Brescia University. "As more and more of our students rely on self-help videos to gain an understanding of themselves and the world, "LifeShops has converted many of the topics delivered through in person programming into Self-Guided learning. These include psycho-education on mental health topics as well as some training materials for your staff and colleagues across your campus community. Click on each of the links below to see LifeShops Outreach videos, located on the LifeShops YouTube channel." 

Understanding Stress

Restoring Nuance:  Managing All or Nothing Thinking 

The Stress of a Struggling Peer: 

Clarifying Boundaries When Peer Struggles are More than You Can Handle

Managing Anxiety and Fear of Failure: An Introduction

The Psychological Effects of Stress

The Emotional Signs of Stress

The Impact of Stress on Your Behaviors

A special thank you to Eva Atkinson for helping us compile these resources!