“Anxiety Galore”: Transition to College with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Basheer Lotfi-FardEmail author
  • Jennifer Derenne
  • Adele Martel


Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a common mental health concern that often begins in adolescence and, unfortunately, persists into adulthood. Symptoms may fluctuate based on stressful life events, such as transitioning from high school to college. This chapter presents the case of a young man who has struggled with symptoms of anxiety since childhood and describes how his symptoms cause impairment as he makes the transition from high school to college. It details how to best help individuals with anxiety prepare for the start of college while also navigating the college mental health system and optimizing the appropriate services and supports. Finally, as alcohol and drugs can be common, yet unhealthy coping mechanisms in this population, there is discussion of strategies to optimize treatment adherence and reduce temptation to misuse alcohol and benzodiazepines.


Generalized anxiety disorder in college students Transition of care plans for students with generalized anxiety Transition age youth and benzodiazepine abuse Alcohol abuse in generalized anxiety disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Basheer Lotfi-Fard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jennifer Derenne
    • 2
  • Adele Martel
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral HealthThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s HospitalStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesAnn and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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