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Signs & Symptoms of Students in Distress

Our goal is to help you, the student, with personal, emotional and adjustment problems so that you have a successful educational career at the University of Dallas. Adjustment problems are a common and expected experience for most students, particularly in the first year. Help is available on campus. Residents are encouraged to first contact their Resident Assistant or Residence Coordinator for help. However, all undergraduates are welcome to speak with university staff not only in the Student Health Services Clinic but also in the Office of Student Affairs and in Campus Ministry.

Do any of these 'SIGNS OF TROUBLE' apply to you?

If so, we encourage you to seek help.

  • Infrequent class attendance, chronic lateness, consistently looking disheveled or poor self-care.
  • Repeated requests for deadline extensions and/or serious grade problems
  • Dependency (e.g., passivity and efforts to have others to take care of you).
  • Fatigue, lack of energy, serious sleep disturbance.
  • Abrupt changes in behavior or appearance.
  • Bizarre/inappropriate behavior and/or garbled disjointed thoughts.
  • New or increased alcohol/drug abuse.
  • Increased irritability, irrational anger, crying for little reason.
  • Unusual disruptive behavior (e.g., aggression toward other people, violent outbursts, disruptions of class or work).
  • Suicidal thoughts (e.g., referring to suicide as an option or indirect reference to suicide or death).
  • Uncertainty and anxiety about emotional stability, family situation &/or relationship problems.