Behaviors to Look For

Physical

Sometimes physical symptoms present themselves even when you are not sick with a medical illness.

  • Flat affect or extreme lack of responsiveness
  • Fatigue, lack of energy, or falling asleep in class
  • Deterioration in physical appearance, hygiene or weight
  • Evidence of self-injury or abuse
  • Evidence of alcohol or drug abuse

Mental and Emotional

Mental and emotional health are important parts of being a well-balanced and successful student.

  • Tearfulness and extreme or prolonged sadness or anxiety
  • Overt or indirect expressions of intent to harm or kill oneself or others

Academic

Physical and mental health problems can negatively affect your academic performance.

  • Changes in motivation or concentration
  • Deterioration in quality of work
  • Excessive class absenteeism
  • Repeated missed/late assignments or requests for extensions
  • Alarming or disturbing content in writing or class discussions
  • Decrease in or lack of engagement in group or participation oriented classes

Social

If you notice changes in your happiness, specifically when it comes to your social life, there might be a more serious underlying concern.

  • Difficulty working with others or connecting with peers
  • Hostility/irritability towards professor or peers
  • Threatening words or actions
  • Extreme rudeness or insubordination to University officials, staff, faculty or administrators
  • Avoidance of friends or loved ones