Signs and Symptoms of Students 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.