Disorders & Symptoms

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.
  • Irritability
  • 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


Bulimia Symptoms

  • 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.

Anorexia Symptoms

  • 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