Behaviors to Look For
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
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
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