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Hi, I have a question about anxiety. Here’s what I experience: when I’m around other people, even people I like, for too long (usually any more than 5 hours of social interaction) I begin to become very drained and anxious, and have panic attacks if I’m forced to stay in the presence of other people. Once I spend a good bit of time (usually several hours) by myself, I’m fine again. Here’s my problem: I’m in the process of requesting a single dorm room for college, but I’m having a hard time explaining the necessity of having my own room for my mental and emotional health. Is there a clinical term for this I should use, or should I just describe it as anxiety? Should I seek treatment? Is there even any treatment thanks for your email. It would be possible for this issue? Thank you so much!


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It is hard to know for sure but this sounds like a type of generalized anxiety disorder. The kind of social anxiety that you are experiencing is something there are many possible treatments for from CBT to group therapy to medicine. Since you are at the University best place to go is to the counseling center. They are very familiar with the needs of college students who have anxiety and can help you directly.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral


Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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