Faculty and Staff

Recognizing Students in Distress

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  • Changes in academic performance in the classroomStressed Student with head in hands
  • Significant drop in examination scores
  • Change in pattern of interaction
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Problems concentrating and remembering things or making decisions
  • Repeated request for special consideration
  • New or regularly occurring behavior which pushes the limits and may interfere with class
  • Disruptive to other students, faculty or staff
  • Unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Inability to communicate clearly
  • Irrational conversation or speech that seems disconnected
  • Loss of contact with reality (seeing/hearing things that are not there, beliefs or actions at odds with reality)
  • Suspiciousness, irrational feelings of persecution
  • Statements related to death or dying or feelings of hopelessness
  • Threats of harming self or others