Common Issues Among College Students
Depression in college students can manifest itself in a variety of ways. It could cause one to feel irritable, angry, sad, and unable to concentrate or make decisions. In addition, it can cause social, relationship, and family problems. One can also feel physical pain – unexplained aches or pains and sleep problems are common symptoms. Depression is treatable however and counseling can help.
Symptoms of Depression
- Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
- Pessimism, indifference
- Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Feeling anxious now and again is a normal emotion sometimes it can even help you perform better; for example when feeling a bit anxious before an exam. Excessive anxiety, however, can be detrimental and cause problems in one’s ability to function. Counseling can help one manage these feelings.
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Panicky feelings
- Heart palpitations
- Fidgeting, not being able to stay still
- Problems sleeping
- Shortness of breath
- Dry mouth, sweaty palms
- Dizziness and nausea
Relationship issues can involve various people in our lives: boyfriends/girlfriends, family members, faculty, or roommates, to name a few. If a troublesome relationship is causing you stress, counseling can help you manage those emotions and find ways of resolving issues.
College life can be confusing and challenging. For many, this is the first time they have had to make independent choices. CAPS can offer you the tools and skill set needed to make informed decisions.
Many circumstances such as accidents, violence, illness, death, and sexual assault can cause one to experience trauma. Trauma can affect our daily functioning. CAPS can help you learn to process your feelings and to begin to alter your reactions to trauma.
Symptoms of Trauma
- Shock, denial, or disbelief
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- Anxiety and fear
- Feelings of guilt, shame, or self-blame
- Withdrawal from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected or numb
Your body, mood, and behavior can all be affected by stress. Counseling can help you to understand and identify the causes of/and provide you with the coping tools to better manage your stress.
Symptoms of Stress
- Stomach upset/Headaches
- Sleep problems
- Muscle pain/tension
- Chest pain
- Lack of motivation
- Feelings of being overwhelmed
- Social withdrawal/isolating oneself
- Abuse of drugs, alcohol, tobacco
- Excessive eating or under eating
A lack of self-confidence can limit your ability to face challenges and achieve your goals. Healthy self-confidence allows you to take calculated risks, stand up for yourself and have a realistic view of your limitations. Healthy self-esteem or the capacity to love and like yourself fosters the competence to choose your values and beliefs. Counseling can help provide you with the tools to improve both your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Transitioning to college is an adjustment which can cause feelings of loneliness. Even when one is surrounded by others, these feelings may still occur. Counseling can help you develop the skills to combat those feelings and have a more fulfilling college experience.
General Mental Health