Stress, Depression, and Anxiety

Asian American Pacific Islanders (API) come to UC Berkeley with a multitude of shared as well as unique experiences.

Your strengths and struggles may be profoundly influenced by factors such as: your generation, the language(s) spoken at home, your parents' level of formal education, your socioeconomic status, the environment in which you were raised, and your own individuality.

It is not possible or appropriate to make sweeping generalizations about all API students; each person combines cultural background, personality and experiences in unique and complex ways. While both API and Western cultures are valuable and have their strengths, there are potential conflicts that may arise when these two life perspectives intersect.

Dealing with stress is common for all students. As an API student, you may have additional cultural stressors that impact your emotional and psychological health and wellbeing.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feelings of helplessness/hopelessness/sadness
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Abrupt changes in appetite/weight
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Unexplained aches or pains
  • Loss of energy
  • Thoughts of suicide

Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Feelings of dread or fear
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Pounding heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Frequent urination/diarrhea
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Hot/cold flashes

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