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10 tips for students experiencing anxiety or trauma

Young people from universities nationwide are in a delicate state amid the uprising and often violent clashes on campuses.

Some students have opened up, sharing their difficult experiences with anxiety and panic attacks.

Psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer says that students may be struggling with trauma from witnessing or partaking in tense altercations with police, private security or university management.

He says that the ongoing duress takes it's toll on a student's mental state and limits the brain's capacity to process.

Schomer encourages constructive "fight" and peaceful protests at a time of reported volatility at universities.

He offers the following advice to students who may be suffering from trauma, anxiety and psychological brutality:

  • Do not isolate yourself from those around you
  • Ask friends to support you and share with them your experiences through a "buddy system".
  • Avoid over exposure to duress
  • Try maintain healthy diet and exercise
  • Find counselling services, whether on campus or elsewhere
  • Strike a balance of outlets to express yourself (write, draw, talk, walk)
  • Practice breathing techniques that will counteract anxiety
  • Avoid the triggers that lead to traumatic stress
  • Replace the triggers with other images and activities
  • Leave the region of conflict (campus) and go out to peaceful, relaxing areas

Listen to Dr Schomer share his expert advice here:


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