Student Counseling Center


Common Causes, Signs and Symptoms of Distress

Help yourself learn to recognize the signs of distress.

Causes of distress:

  • Interpersonal relations problems such as conflicts, illness/death of a loved one, divorce, abuse, romantic partner, etc.
  • Financial difficulties
  • Environmental adjustments
  • Academic difficulties
  • Time management and organization difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Traumatic event
  • Substance abuse

Signs & Symptoms of distress:

  • Significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, mood, socializing, personality, concentration or other activities
  • Difficulty carrying on normal conversation
  • Significant performance changes in academic, sports, co-curricular activities
  • Explicit talk about hopelessness, death, or suicide
  • Feeling out of control of one’s behaviors and emotions
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessive dependence on others

For further information, please contact:

Student Counseling Center
University Center, Room 310
p – 516.877.3646
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