ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament. It is one of the main ligaments of the knee, and prevents the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone.
An injury to the ACL happens when the ligament is over-stretched or torn. A tear may be partial or complete. These injuries can occur if you:
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the ACA, is a law intended to reform the health care system and make health insurance more affordable.
Picking the right shoe can be a daunting task for any runner. Popular opinion about what type of footwear is best seems to change every few months. Are neutral shoes actually better than supportive? What about barefoot running? What if you've been told that your feet pronate?
Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is legal in Washington State for those over the age of 21. However, you may not smoke pot anywhere on the University of Washington campus.
The most obvious signs that a friend has a drinking problem include:
STIs (sexually transmitted infections), also known as STDs, are stigmatized in our society. We associate having an STI with being immoral or promiscuous. This may not be the case, but it still makes telling your current, former, or new partner about an STI difficult.
If you think you may have exposed a partner to an STI or gotten an STI from your partner, you should tell them.
The University of Washington has long been a leader in the development and evaluation of prevention programs and intervention efforts targeting risky alcohol use among college students. In fact, researchers at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center (ABRC) in the Department of Psychology and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB) in
All of us are prone to feel some anxiety in our lives. But when anxiety affects our day to day functioning and enjoyment of life, it becomes an illness. Many people with anxiety disorder do not recognize it. You may have an anxiety disorder if you worry too much on most days for at least six months. Your anxiety may make it hard for you to live life normally. You might find it difficult to get a job, go to classes or make friends.
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder can vary from person to person and can include the following:
Many people with anxiety are embarrassed to tell their clinician about it. An anxiety disorder is commonly diagnosed by your medical or mental health provider by asking you questions about your symptoms. There are several rating scales or questionnaires that are used to diagnose anxiety, such as the one below.
If you scored higher than 5 on this self-assessment, you may want to consider talking to your health care or mental health provider about your symptoms.
It is important to realize that the treatment of anxiety usually takes time. You may not be "cured," but your symptoms will subside and your quality of life will improve with treatment. Treatment options include:
Yes. There are other conditions that have similar symptoms:
Offers both medication and talk therapies for students, faculty and their families, as well as referrals to outside providers.
To make an appointment, call (206) 616-2495
Many free counseling, assessment and crisis intervention services for UW students
National Institute of Mental Health resources on anxiety disorders
Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) resources on anxiety disorders
Authored by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff
Authored by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff, January 2014
First-year students (and their parents!) usually have expectations about college life long before actually leaving home. Some students look forward to college, and are eager to experience more freedom and adventure, while others may feel enthusiastic initially, only to discover that they don't feel happy, comfortable, or secure in their new environment.