Signs and Symptoms of a Student in Distress
- Excessive procrastination and very poorly prepared work, especially if this is inconsistent with previous efforts.
- Infrequent or inconsistent class attendance with little or no work completed.
- Dependence – the student hangs around you or makes excessive appointments to see you during office hours.
- Chronic fatigue, lack of energy, or frequently falling asleep in class.
- Marked change in personal hygiene.
- Impaired speech or confused, disjointed thoughts.
- Repeated requests for special consideration (e.g., deadline extensions).
- Excessive anger or threats to harm others.
- Behavior that regularly interferes with effective management of your class.
- Suicidal thoughts – referring to suicide as an option, even if in jest.
- Marked irritability, including unruly, aggressive, violent, or abrasive behavior.
- Inability to make decisions despite your repeated attempts to clarify and encourage.
- Dramatic weight loss or weight gain.
- Bizarre or strange behavior that is obviously inappropriate to the situation, (e.g., talking to “invisible people”).
- Normal emotions that are displayed to an extreme degree or for a prolonged period of time (e.g., fearfulness, tearfulness, nervousness).
If you have an after-hours emergency please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department of Lauren’s County Hospital.
The Student Counseling and Health Center is located at 120 East Calhoun Street.