Mental Health Disorders & Symptoms
These are general symptoms for some mental health disorders. These are not meant to be used to self-diagnose or diagnose a friend. If you have any of these symptoms or other symptoms that you are worried about, please contact the University Counseling office.
Anxiety Symptoms - Depression and anxiety are common among college students, given their level of stress...
- Constant worry and concern about every day routine life events and activities, lasting at least six months.
- Always expecting the worst even though there is little reason to expect it.
- Worrisome thoughts accompanied by physical symptoms such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea.
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
Depression Symptoms - Depression and anxiety are common among college students, given their level of stress...
- Depressed mood most of the day
- Diminished interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities
- Significant weight loss or gain or decrease or increase in appetite
- Restlessness or slowing down of body movement
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive inappropriate guilt
- Decreased ability to think or concentrate or indecisiveness
- Recurrent thoughts of death, thoughts of suicide or a suicide attempt.
Clinicians beleive that depression should be considered when five or more of the above symptoms (include one or both of the first two symptoms) are present over a two week period.
Helpful Depression and Anxiety Links
Suicidal Thinking Symptoms
Substance Abuse Symptoms
- School performance suffers as a result of drug or alcohol use (lower grades)
- Absences from work or school occur as a result of drug or alcohol use
- Use of drugs or alcohol occurs in physically hazardous circumstances (operating machinery, driving a car)
- Legal difficulties arise due to drug or alcohol use
- Reluctance to talk with family
- Serious mood changes
Helpful Substance Abuse Link
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating (at least two times a week for at least 3 months)
- A feeling of complete loss of control during the eating binges
- Persistent over concern with body shape and size
- Recurrent engaging in self induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diruetics, strict dieting or fasting, or vigourous exercise in order to prevent weight gain.
- Fear of being fat even when at or below normal weight
- Refusal to maintain body weight by restricting intake leading to weight loss of more than 15% of normal body weight
- Distortion of body size and shape that causes even underweight sufferers to feel fat or obese.
Helpful Bulimia and Anorexia Links