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March 29, 2006
What's happening? When coping mechanisms go awry, here are some issues that arise on college campuses nationwide, in order of most common occurrences:
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Impulsive behaviors, including sexual promiscuity and self-mutilation
  • Suicide

Know the warning signs

These symptoms alone may be the result of passing stress. But if you notice more than one, or if one alone becomes persistent, it can be a cause for concern and reason to seek help.

  • Sleep changes (early morning waking, waking through the night, or trouble getting out of bed in the morning)
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Loss of motivation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of concentration
  • Feelings of hopelessness or loss of self-esteem
  • Loss of interest in activities that are usually pleasurable
  • Intense worry without foundation or concern
  • Small problems feel overwhelming
  • Physical symptoms of anxiety: rapid heart rate, upset stomach, feelings of panic, headaches, sweaty palms.

from College of the Overwhelmed by Richard Kadison, M.D. and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo

Help is just a click away

Millennial students are more likely to turn on their computer than pick up the phone. Here are some Web sites that can help.

  • www.baylor.edu/counseling_center Baylor University Counseling Center mission statement, contact information, hours, emergency contacts and fee schedules.
  • www.Ulifeline.com Suicide prevention site with links to campus mental health facilities and a library of mental health information.
  • www.campusblues.com Online education and referrals to campus mental health facilities.
  • www.outsidetheclassroom.com Subscription site offering prevention-based education, focused on high-risk drinking.
  • www.nmha.org National Mental Health Association, offering information specifically for college students, including fact sheets on several mental health issues.
  • www.mystudentbody.com Offers personalized and confidential health information through interactive tools and peer stories.
  • www.activemindsoncampus.org A student-run, mental health awareness and advocacy organization.
  • www.factsontap.org Links to sites concerned with alcohol use and misuse.

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